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De’Anthony Thomas entering NFL Draft

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One of Chip Kelly’s old college charges is heading to the NFL.

University of Oregon wide receiver/running back/returner De’Anthony Thomas announced Sunday that he’s entering the NFL Draft. Thomas played two years for Kelly at Oregon, going to BCS bowls both years, and became one of the most exciting players in college football in the system that Kelly created.

Thomas scored 46 touchdowns in three years at Oregon, finding the end zone through the air, on the ground and via both punts and kickoffs. He’ll certainly be looked at for his abilities to make plays in the return game, but the biggest question about Thomas’ transition to the NFL will likely be how to best utilize a player of his size.

Thomas stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 169 pounds, which is on the slight side for an NFL player. He was mostly a running back moonlighting as a receiver at Oregon and will have to show he can handle a wideout role in a professional offense, but his ability to break for a touchdown on every touch will make someone take the risk that he will.

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24 Responses to “De’Anthony Thomas entering NFL Draft”
  1. willycents says: Jan 5, 2014 9:53 PM

    Philly fans will slobber all over him. Chip used to coach him so he must be great. All they need to make super bowl

  2. deathonwings410 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:56 PM

    Another Darren Sproles?

  3. slaugin says: Jan 5, 2014 10:04 PM

    Tavon Austin?

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 5, 2014 10:12 PM

    Tavon played WR his entire career. DAT will basically be learning from scratch to play WR. I think Tavon is actually bigger as well.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:12 PM

    Two words – Danny Woodhead

    Who still looks like he’s about 16 years old.

  6. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:12 PM

    he doesn’t have hands like crabtree

  7. goldrush36 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:32 PM

    Hope for his sake he ends up better than LaMichael James. I hope for the Niners sake he doesn’t provided they have to face him LOL. James is a good returner, not so good RB but Thomas seems to have more upside. Ya never truly know though

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 5, 2014 10:33 PM

    D’ can play the OW position, which has yet to be made famous by Dennard Robinson.

  9. stung4ever1983 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:33 PM

    Hopefully De’Anthony Thomas works out better than the Anthony Thomas

  10. meatcarroll says: Jan 5, 2014 10:40 PM

    He’s going to be worthless like LaMichael James before him. Oregon’s obscene brand of soft football is a joke.

  11. southpaw2k says: Jan 5, 2014 10:41 PM

    @ willycents

    Considering a big reason why the Eagles lost last night was because they had given up 185 rushing yards on the night, I don’t think another offensive playmaker is “all they need” to win a championship.

  12. gohomeweeden says: Jan 5, 2014 10:43 PM

    he is the next percy harvin without the injury issues.

  13. trevor123698 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:57 PM

    “Another Darren Sproles?”

    everyone needs to shut up with this. darren sproles is a linemen in a running backs body. there is not 250 other darren sproles walking around this planet. there is 1, and he is taken and nearing retirement with each year. this kid will need to seriously man up to play up to this

  14. trevor123698 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:58 PM

    “He’s going to be worthless like LaMichael James before him.”

    if lamicheal james played anywhere else you’d have him on your fantasy football radar. he has a long career to play out and is riding the bench while his body catches up with his skills. he will be a major part of the 49ers offense for at least the next 3-5 years barring a free agency move

  15. green41563 says: Jan 5, 2014 11:03 PM

    Get him the right system with the right quarterback, and he could succeed.

    Low end: LaMichael James
    Middle: Dexter McCluster
    High end: Darren Sproles

  16. randomcommenter says: Jan 5, 2014 11:21 PM

    He will be like Chris Rainey on the Steelers. Super fast, but he was so small that he was easily injured. When he got tackled, he looked like he was hit by a car even by DBs.

    Steelers cut him for off field reasons but he didn’t look like he could make much impact anyway.

    Whatever team drafts him will have to design specific plays for him.

  17. jkaflagg says: Jan 5, 2014 11:22 PM

    Dexter McCluster….

    He’ll make some big plays but will also spend some time on the shelf..

  18. gquesen says: Jan 5, 2014 11:22 PM

    People who call Oregon’s offense a joke have no clue. That same offense seems to work just fine for the Eagles. Trolls just going to hate.

  19. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 5, 2014 11:31 PM

    T Y Hilton.

  20. stephenolszewski says: Jan 6, 2014 12:17 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with Pats or Eagles

  21. razzlejag says: Jan 6, 2014 4:41 AM

    Wait until Kelly remakes that roster over 3-4 years with guys like this. The Eagles are going to be a force in the NFC East for years.

    They will dominate teams like NYG, Was, Dallas in that division. All three have QB and head coach woes facing them in the same time period.

  22. dapollock69 says: Jan 6, 2014 6:29 AM

    Another Dexter McCluster? I say this in regard to ability/ usage, not physical attributes.

  23. fordwuzanazi says: Jan 6, 2014 8:18 AM

    Projects more like another McCluster.

  24. green41563 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:17 AM

    gquesen says:
    Jan 5, 2014 11:22 PM
    People who call Oregon’s offense a joke have no clue. That same offense seems to work just fine for the Eagles. Trolls just going to hate.

    Yeah, it didn’t work too well with Michael Vick, when they started the season 1-3. It started “working” when it got a good QB. In that respect, it’s like any other offense.

    Good QB = good offense.
    Bad QB = bad offense.

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