Photo of De'Anthony Thomas
Drafted By: Chiefs

Combine Results

Grade
5.38 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 8 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This just makes a ton of sense for the Chiefs. When you watched what Dexter McCluster did for that team, you knew they'd have to find somebody to replace him. The Chiefs will have to manufacture touches for Thomas." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'9" Height
  • 29 7/8" Arm Length
  • 174LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/8" Hands

Overview

The five-star recruit out of Los Angeles was rated as the top athlete in the country as a prep. Rushed for 1,299 yards on only 114 carries (11.4-yard average) as a senior. Also starred in track, running the fastest 200 meters (20.61 seconds) in the country in the spring of 2010. Burst onto the collegiate scene in 2011, earning Pac-12 co-Offensive Freshman of the Year and was a first-team Pac-12 kick returner. Saw action in all 14 games (six starts, including the last five), rushing 55 times for 595 yards (10.8-yard average) and seven scores and catching 46 passes for 605 yards (13.2) and nine touchdowns. Had a huge impact as a returner with 36 kick returns for 983 yards (27.3), including a 96-yard score against USC and a 93-yard touchdown vs. Washington State. Had only three punt returns for 52 yards (17.3). Was the only player in the nation with 400 or more yards as a rusher, receiver and kick returner. Continued his versatility in 2012, becoming the first Oregon player in 47 years to score a touchdown rushing, receiving, returning a punt and returning a kickoff in the same season in 13 games (nine starts). Had a team-high 45 catches for 445 yards and five TDs and rushed 92 times for 701 yards and 11 TDs; also returned 13 punts for 222 yards and a TD and 16 kickoffs for 389 yards and a TD, including a 94-yard kickoff return touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State and a 73-yard punt return for a TD against Colorado. Also anchored the 4x100-meter relay team that advanced to the NCAA championships for the Ducks track team. Began the 2013 campaign as the starting running back before injuring his left ankle on the opening kickoff against California and missing the next three games. Rushed 96 times for 594 yards and eight TDs and had 22 catches for 246 yards and a TD; also had 21 kickoff returns for 513 yards (24.4) and a TD in 10 games (five starts), including an 86-yard touchdown against Utah. Holds Oregon career records for kickoff return yards (1,885) and punt return average (17.1).

Analysis

Strengths

Has legit big-time sprinter's speed with very quick turnover and is field-fast. Cat-quick to the corner, accelerates very quickly and can easily take the perimeter. Good vision and cutback ability -- is patient and follows his blocks. Can tightrope-walk the sideline. Very quick to and through the hole once he sees a crease and can stick his foot in the dirt and go. Catches in stride with ease and can make difficult one-handed snags (see Arizona). Has home-run speed in the return game, with three career return TDs. Exceptional pro day performance.

Weaknesses

Very small. Does not play in a conventional-style offense and takes most carries moving laterally. Goes down too easily and looks for a soft landing spot. Lacks the size, strength and toughness to be an every-down back. Alligator-arms the ball in the middle of the field. Needs to learn to appreciate the preparation process and would benefit from working more at his craft.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

A deluxe, specialty back and potential slot receiver with game-breaking return ability, Thomas can be an explosive mismatch weapon in multiple facets of the game. Diminutive stature will decrease the odds he'll be able to stay healthy in the pros, and his commitment to the game will dictate his future success. Rare speed creates a higher commodity on draft day.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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