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Chiefs grab De’Anthony Thomas at No. 123

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Chip Kelly coaches the Eagles, but he used to coach the University of Oregon.

Running back De’Anthony Thomas made a lot of plays for Kelly in Eugene before Kelly was hired to replace Andy Reid in Philadelphia. Now he’ll get to try to make some plays for Reid in Kansas City.

The Chiefs made Thomas the 123rd pick of the 2014 draft on Saturday afternoon, bringing some needed offensive playmaking ability to a team that went defense on the first two days. Thomas made plays as a runner and receiver in Oregon’s electric offense and will probably be tried in both roles on a Chiefs team that got even shorter on offensive weapons when Dexter McCluster left as a free agent.

Thomas may be too small for an every-down role on offense, but his speed is something that should make him a fit on a package of plays each week. He’ll also be replacing McCluster in the return game, an area that Thomas starred in at the collegiate level.

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7 Responses to “Chiefs grab De’Anthony Thomas at No. 123”
  1. arrowhead816 says: May 10, 2014 2:15 PM

    He’ll give ST coaches nightmares! Go Chiefs!!

  2. maltliquor says: May 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    Great pick up to replace McCluster.

  3. kcflake says: May 10, 2014 2:30 PM

    Darren sproles #2. I love the pick

  4. shyts7 says: May 10, 2014 3:43 PM

    Whenever Thomas and Charles are in the game, defenses are going to have nightmares at trying to cover their speed.

  5. lscratchingthesurface says: May 10, 2014 8:19 PM

    The black mamba is one of the fastest and deadliest snakes in the world. Sounds a lot like a real black mamba! Good luck covering Charles, Knile Davis and DeAnthony on D!!!

  6. jimmythesmith says: May 11, 2014 11:52 PM

    well, looks like the chiefs went small, is that the future of the nfl? i like speed. this may be a gamble, however, the three of them, it sounds dangerous. i cannot imagine any news caster that would not see this as a dangerous weapon for the chiefs.

  7. jimmythesmith says: May 11, 2014 11:53 PM

    with another pass rusher and a young back up quarterback, i think they did pretty good, man this really is a brand new team in so many respects,, many have left,,

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