De'Anthony Thomas, WR, Chiefs
2016 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs
He has a lot in common with RB Dri Archer, but Archer has more speed and much more strength. He had an excellent start to his junior season in college with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games (252 yards and 5 TDs) before going down in Week 3 with an ankle injury that cost him over a month of the season. When he returned, De'Anthony wasn't the same player he showed in his first two years at Oregon (2346 total rushing and receiving yards with 32 TDs). His biggest asset is his value in the passing game (113 catches in his career). At the combine in 2014, he ran a 4.50 in the forty yard dash which was just about NFL average for RBs. His eight reps in the bench press shows he has a lot of work to do before making an impact in the NFL. Thomas future value at the next level will be a pass receiving back on specialty plays where an offensive coordinator will try to get him matched up with linebackers. He has no value in pass protection so he'll be on the sideline on most 3rd downs and long passing plays. As a runner, he won't run the ball up the middle with success. He'll offer speed to the outside, and he could be electric if he can get in the open field. Thomas is an upside returner, but his lack of strength could lead to fumbles. The Chiefs gave him 63 touches for 443 combined yards and four TDs (one on a punt return) in his first two seasons in the league. De'Anthony is young with explosiveness, but he suffered a bad concussion at the end of 2015.
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