2015 NFL DRAFT

De’Anthony Thomas, RB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 174 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - Chiefs like how they helped roster depth in draft...The Kansas City Chiefs began the 2014 NFL Draft with a pass rusher and cover guy, and ended their participation with a pair of offensive line prospects. "I think right now we've improved the Kansas City Chiefs and improved that competitive depth that we talk about," said general manager John Dorsey after wrapping up his second draft with the Chiefs. "Right now we feel pretty good about where we are at this stage, but we'll see." After getting just one player in Thursday's first round and one player in Friday's second and third rounds, they added four in Saturday's drafting action and caused some conversation with three of those choices.

By grabbing Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth round, the Chiefs added one of the more explosive offensive and special teams performers coming out of the college this year. He projects as a faster and more talented Dexter McCluster, who left the Chiefs in free agency and landed with the Tennessee Titans. "He's a hybrid type of player," said Dorsey. "He's a niche player; he can play running back, he can play slot receiver and he can return. With a coach like Andy Reid, you have somebody that's going to take advantage of all of that." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - De'Anthony Thomas picked up the nickname "Black Momba" when he became a Pop Warner legend in a Los Angeles league run by rapper Snoop Dogg. "I'd never seen nobody move in grass that fast other than a black snake," Snoop said several years ago. It's a nickname that Thomas has embraced over the years, and it's helped form his attitude about the game. "I just love the passion of the game and I feel like I'm an entertainer out there," Thomas said. "I love making the crowd make noise and I love making plays for my team and my fans."

Last year, Thomas earned NCAA All-America honors in track when he anchored the Pac-12 Conference championship team in the 4x100 relay. His career best times in the 100 meters are (10.55 seconds) and 200 meters (21.3). Despite being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thomas hopes to continue his track career and find a way to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. "Football comes first, but hopefully the track career is not over," Thomas said. "Right now it's on hold." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 4/124 - De'Anthony Thomas, RB, 5-9, 174, Oregon...The Chiefs were not intent on signing Dexter McCluster after the 2013 season, and the former second-round choice landed with the Tennessee Titans. With Thomas, they replaced him and may have upgraded the talent level on the roster as well. McCluster was quick, but did not necessarily possess straight-line speed; the Chiefs think Thomas has both the quickness and explosive speed. For the Ducks, Thomas averaged 12 yards every time the ball was in his hands as a runner, receiver and returner. He will do all three with the Chiefs. - The Sports Xchange

03/26/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...De'Anthony Thomas' redemption...Going into the combine, when I was asked who the top 40-yard dash result would be, I debated between Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas and Kent State's Dri Archer. Most times I answered Thomas. And was obviously I was wrong as Archer blazed a 4.26 and Thomas ran a disappointing 4.50. But Thomas redeemed himself on Thursday in Eugene, clocking a 4.38 and 4.34 in his 40-yard dashes according to one long-time NFL scout at Oregon's Pro Day. His other results were good, not great, including a 6.95 3-cone drill and 4.23 shot shuttle, but boosting his straight-line speed numbers were important for a player known as a track athlete. Thomas is a little bit of an enigma due to his lack of a natural position in the NFL, but he should make an impact on special teams right away while attempting to find a home on offense. And with 4.34 speed, he'll get a chance at cornerback or another position before he's without a job in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: De'Anthony Thomas clocked at 4.34 at Oregon workout...De'Anthony Thomas put to bed any concerns about his straight-line speed during Oregon's Pro Day, clocking in at 4.38 and 4.34 according to the hand-held times of one long-time league scout attending Thursday's workout. The times were more in tune with the explosive speed Thomas had demonstrated throughout his three seasons with the Ducks and significantly faster than the 4.50 he was credited with at the Scouting Combine. Thomas' best time would have ranked behind only Kent State's Dri Archer and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks for fastest recorded in Indianapolis this year.

Just like Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders yesterday, Thomas proved faster than quick when changing directions, recording less impressive times in the short shuttle (4.23 seconds), long shuttle (11.46 seconds) and 3-cone drill (6.95 seconds) in the 3-cone drill. He did show improvement in the bench press, lifting the bar 10 times on Thursday (as opposed to eight times in Indianapolis) and had a 10'3" broad jump, according to the Ducks' official athletic website.

According to the report at GoDucks.com, Thomas showed "explosive burst and quick cuts" while running seven routes and didn't drop a pass. The ability to offer playmaking ability at running back, receiver and returner is Thomas' greatest asset. At 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, he doesn't possess the bulk to handle more than 5-10 touches a game but few enjoyed greater success than Thomas, whose serpentine-like manueverability in the open field earned him the affectionate nickname DAT. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2014 - Few were as statistically productive, and there's been no more electrifying player in recent Oregon football history than De'Anthony Thomas. From his two touchdowns on two rushes in the 2012 Rose Bowl to the tone-setting kickoff return in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, Thomas had a knack for big moments on the biggest stages. His next big stage will be an NFL stadium, as Thomas has decided to make himself available for this year's professional draft as a junior. "I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL," Thomas said in a prepared statement Sunday. "I want to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to the University and all of my teammates, coaches and fans. I look forward to staying connected to the University and visiting the sidelines as often as possible."

Thomas leaves Oregon in the conversation as the best all-purpose player in school history. His 5,345 career yards trail only all-time greats LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, with whom Thomas teamed in the Ducks' most recent Pac-12 championship season of 2011. Thomas holds Oregon records for kickoff return yards (1,885) and punt return average (17.1), and he's fourth in career scoring (278 points). Also a standout member of the UO track and field team, Thomas anchored the 4x100-meter relay that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships and ran the sixth-fastest time in school history, 39.89 seconds.

From the time he surprised hometown fans in his native Los Angeles by spurning USC for Oregon, Thomas has been one of the Ducks' most beloved players. With his bright smile and fast feet, the kid known as "DAT" was a quick fan favorite. "De'Anthony has been a spectacular talent in college football and has been a part of some of the most memorable plays in the history of the University of Oregon," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. "We wish him success going forward with his career." - Oregon football

01/05/2014 - Versatile Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Thomas announced the decision on Sunday via GoDucks.com, the school's athletic website. Known for his speed, Thomas finishes his college career with 5,345 career all-purpose yards, trailing only LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner on Oregon's career list. Thomas holds Duck records for kickoff return yards with 1,885 and a 17.1-yard punt return average. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Los Angeles native ran for two touchdowns in the 2012 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The next season in the Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, he ran the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. This season he was sidelined for nearly four games because of a right ankle injury. - AP Sports

10/02/2013 - Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas is unlikely to play against Colorado this weekend after emerging from practice wearing a boot on his injured right ankle. Running backs coach Gary Campbell told reporters on Tuesday that the speedy junior's return is "not going to happen" when the No. 2 Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) visit Colorado (2-1, 0-0) on Saturday. Thomas was injured on the opening kickoff of second-ranked Oregon's 55-16 victory over California on Saturday night, slipping on turf that was slick from a driving rain. Thomas has rushed for 338 yards rushing and six touchdowns this season. He also has 485 all-purpose yards through three games. - AP Sports

10/01/2013 - Oregon's all-purpose star De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 27 yards and left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. "It was slippery out there and I tried to make a move and slipped," Thomas said. "I think I just rolled it." Thomas was averaging more than 112 yards rushing per game, but that average slipped to 84.5 after he played against the Bears but didn't get a carry. Thomas said his ankle was "pretty sore" after the game and he could not have returned even if Oregon needed him in the blowout. "I just have to get back on Sunday and see what's going on," Thomas said. "Stay positive and keep working hard." Thomas said he was unsure if he would be back to face Colorado on Saturday. He was unsure if the ankle was sprained or not and Oregon does not give out injury updates. "Not really sure," Thomas said. "We'll see throughout the week." - The Sports Xchange

09/29/2013 - Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas was honest. Yes, he did hurt his right ankle on the opening kickoff against California. While second-ranked Oregon's coaches never talk about injuries as a strict policy, Thomas was frank about his situation even though he didn't have an exact diagnosis. All he knew for certain was that it hurt enough that he couldn't return against the Golden Bears. As for next week's game at Colorado, Thomas would only say, "we'll see."

Thomas was injured on the opening kickoff of second-ranked Oregon's 55-16 victory over California on Saturday night. The turf was slick from a driving rain and the junior running back slipped. He clutched his lower right leg before he was helped off the field. After the half, he appeared on the sidelines with crutches.

He was walking on his own following the game when he spoke to reporters. "I was just trying to make a move and it was slippery out there," he said. Thomas leads the second-ranked Ducks with 338 yards rushing and six touchdowns. He has 485 all-purpose yards through Oregon's first three games. - AP Sports

09/29/2013 - Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas appeared to hurt his lower right leg returning the opening kickoff against California on Saturday night. Thomas grasped his lower leg before he was helped off the field. Later he was seen on the sidelines without his helmet.

The speedy junior, who runs on the track team, leads the second-ranked Ducks with 338 yards rushing and six touchdowns. He has 485 all-purpose yards through Oregon's first three games. Last season he ran for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 445 yards and five more scores. He scored on a kickoff return and a punt return. He was the first Oregon player in 47 years with a touchdown four different ways. - AP Sports

09/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB De'Anthony Thomas was named Pac-12 player of the week after running for 124 yards on 11 carries in the win over Virginia. Thomas is tied for the lead in the nation with five touchdowns and ranks 20th with 126.0 yards rushing per game. He is averaging 8.7 yards per carry. He has two catches for 30 yards and has returned two kicks for 31 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, ran for 124 yards and three TDs, helping the second-ranked Ducks start fast and manhandle Virginia 59-10. - AP Sports

09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Running back De'Anthony Thomas, a junior from Los Angeles, Calif., had 11 carries for a game-high 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Duck's 59-10 road win over Virginia on Saturday. He had touchdown runs of one, 40 and eight yards and reeled in one catch for another 28 yards. Thomas is averaging 8.7 yards per carry and is tied for 20th in the nation in rushing yards per game (126.0 ypg).

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Travis Wilson of UTAH, Taylor Kelly of ARIZONA STATE, Sean Mannion of OREGON STATE, and Jared Goff of CALIFORNIA; running backs Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona, Tre Madden of USC and Tyler Gaffney of STANFORD; and wide receiver Paul Richardson of COLORADO. - Pac-12 football

09/07/2013 - De'Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score and No. 2 Oregon started fast and manhandled Virginia 59-10 Saturday. The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the Cavaliers in the game. Oregon finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21:25.

Virginia (1-1) got a very early look at what it was up against as Mariota dropped back on a third-and-5 in the game's opening series, then bolted up the middle untouched, going 71 yards for a touchdown. After 1:51, the Ducks were on their way to their 16th consecutive victory on their opponent's field, the longest streak in the country. - AP Sports

08/31/2013 - Oregon is just as fast with Mark Helfrich at the helm. The Ducks once again showed off their high-speed offense in Helfrich's debut as head coach when three runners went over 100 yards on the ground to lead No. 3 Oregon to a 66-3 win over Nicholls State Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium. De'Anthony Thomas ran 18 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns while Byron Marshall added 124 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Quarterback Marcus Mariota ran five times for 113 yards and two touchdowns while also competing 12 of 21 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown.

It was the first time in school history that Oregon had three runners go over 100 yards. Oregon took a 38-3 lead at halftime so Mariota and Thomas were able to rest in the fourth quarter against the Colonels, an FCS school, in the debut of Helfrich, who was promoted from offensive coordinator when Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles. Senior Josh Huff led the Ducks with five catches for 118 yards. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - Junior De'Anthony Thomas is also on the watch list for the Walter Camp Award, as well as the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award for the top running back in the nation, and Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player. Thomas was one of two players in the nation last year to run for more than 700 yards, have more than 400 receiving yards and have more than 600 yards in punt and kickoff returns. He led the Ducks with 45 catches for 445 yards, 222 yards in punt returns, 389 yards on kick returns to finish tied for 29th in the nation with 135.2 all-purpose yards per game. He has 3,992 all-purpose yards in two years while scoring 36 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Oregon needs to find the next running back in line to continue its success running the ball in recent seasons. LaMichael James was one of the best running backs in the nation for three years before leaving early for the NFL, but Kenjon Barner replaced him last year and ran for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns. Now Oregon needs to find a replacement for Barner. There is no frontrunner, but plenty of candidates heading into camp. De'Anthony Thomas ran for 701 yards, but Oregon likes to use him at wideout as well after he led the Ducks in receptions last year, so he is unlikely to carry the load in the backfield. Sophomore Byron Marshall should see more work after averaging 5.1 yards on 87 carries, and five-star recruit Thomas Tyner could also be in the mix as a true freshman. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - 2013 JET AWARD WATCH LIST: De'Anthony Thomas Jr. Oregon,...The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football. Drawing its name from former Heisman trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, the Jet Award will be voted on by a selection committee, featuring football writers and broadcasters from around the country, as well as Rodgers. To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a primary kick or punt returner for his team. They must be among the national leaders in return categories and show leadership, courage, desire and respect for authority and discipline. - Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation

08/13/2013 - TOP OREGON PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. RB De'Anthony Thomas (5-09, 178, 4.34)*...It is difficult to describe Thomas' game-breaking ability as a runner, receiver and returner without venturing into hyperbole. Famously nicknamed "Black Mamba" by Snoop Dogg, Thomas' ability to slither and slip past would-be tacklers is certainly serpent-like. Playing behind future NFL draft picks LaMichael James (2012 second round, San Francisco 49ers) and Barner, Thomas nonetheless has emerged as the most feared back in the country.

He averaged 7.6 yards per carry in 2012, rushing for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns despite only toting the rock 92 times. Barner, by comparison, had 278 rushes last year. With Barner handling the bulk of the running duties, Thomas often did his damage via short receptions out of the backfield, leading the Ducks with 45 catches for 445 yards and another five scores in 2012. He also scored off of both punt and kick returns in 2012, contributing to his 108 total points as a redshirt sophomore -- the 8th most points scored by any player in a single season in school history. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP OREGON PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. RB De'Anthony Thomas (5-09, 178, 4.34)*...Despite his gaudy production, Thomas' lack of bulk makes him a tough evaluation for the NFL. Some are sure to question his role in the pros, as he won't see the wide-open running lanes in the NFL as he's found in college football. However, as evidenced by April's draft, the NFL is evolving into a league in which players who can make defenders miss in the open field are much more highly valued than ever before.

The St. Louis Rams' bold trade up for diminutive wideout Tavon Austin and the Cincinnati Bengals' decision to bypass other, more traditional backs for similarly elusive runner Giovani Bernard as the first running back drafted in 2013 provides evidence of the league's new emphasis on playmakers. As such, Thomas' incredible combination of lateral agility, balance and acceleration could demand a high draft choice whenever he elects to make himself eligible to the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas continued to help the Ducks on the ground and in the air. As a sophomore, he led Oregon with 45 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 701 yards and 11 scores. He also returned both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown for a total of 108 points, which ranks eighth in single-season school history. - The Sports Xchange

07/26/2013 - Despite the loss of its head coach and the rise of programs like Stanford and UCLA, Oregon's continued status as the Pac-12 favorite was confirmed Friday when the league media picked the Ducks to win the conference at Pac-12 media days Friday.

The Ducks received a majority of votes cast, collecting 13 of 24. Stanford pulled 8 such votes to finish second -- also confirming that the Nov. 7 showdown between the Ducks and Cardinal in Palo Alto shapes up as the Pac-12's game of the year.

UCLA was narrowly chosen to win the Pac-12 South over Arizona State and collected the other three overall champion votes. A year after starting the 2012 as the national preseason No. 1, USC was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 South.

Oregon State, Washington, California and Washington State were picked third through sixth behind the Ducks and Cardinal in the North, while Arizona, Utah and Colorado placed fourth through sixth in the South behind the Bruins, Sun Devils and Trojans. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon...Thomas was one of only two players in the country a year ago to run for over 700 yards, gain more than 400 yards receiving and accumulate over 600 yards in punt and kickoff returns. He led the Ducks in receptions (45 for 445 yards), punt returns (222 yards) and kickoff returns (389 yards) last season, tying for 29th in the nation (and fifth in the Pac-12) in all-purpose yards (135.2 avg.). Thomas has 3,992 career all-purpose yards and has reached pay dirt 36 times the past two seasons. - Oregon football

07/19/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: De'Anthony Thomas (Jr.), Oregon...Thomas, a junior hailing from Los Angeles, has also received consideration for the Maxwell Award (player of the year) and Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) recently. The recipient of the 2013 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas, in February 2014.

Thomas was one of only two players in the country a year ago to run for over 700 yards, gain more than 400 yards receiving and accumulate over 600 yards in punt and kickoff returns. He led the Ducks in receptions (45 for 445 yards), punt returns (222 yards) and kickoff returns (389 yards) last season, tying for 29th in the nation (and fifth in the Pac-12) in all-purpose yards (135.2 avg.). Thomas has 3,992 career all-purpose yards and has reached pay dirt 36 times the past two seasons. - Oregon football

07/16/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon...It marks the second straight year that Thomas has been nominated for the award as he is one of only four players from the Pac-12 Conference among the 44 players nationally to appear on the award's initial watch list.

Thomas was one of only two players in the country a year ago to run for over 700 yards, gain more than 400 yards receiving and accumulate over 600 yards in punt and kickoff returns. The Los Angeles junior led the Ducks in receptions (45 for 445 yards), punt returns (222 yards) and kickoff returns (389 yards) a year ago, tying for 29th in the nation (and fifth in the Pac-12) in all-purpose yards (135.2 avg.). - Oregon football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon...Thomas, who previously was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list for college football's most versatile player, was fourth in the conference in kickoff returns (24.3 avg.) and touchdowns (18) last season in addition to fifth in all-purpose yards average (135.2). - Oregon football

 
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05/12/2014 - Chiefs like how they helped roster depth in draft...The Kansas City Chiefs began the 2014 NFL Draft with a pass rusher and cover guy, and ended their participation with a pair of offensive line prospects. "I think right now we've improved the Kansas City Chiefs and improved that competitive depth that we talk about," said general manager John Dorsey after wrapping up his second draft with the Chiefs. "Right now we feel pretty good about where we are at this stage, but we'll see." After getting just one player in Thursday's first round and one player in Friday's second and third rounds, they added four in Saturday's drafting action and caused some conversation with three of those choices.

By grabbing Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth round, the Chiefs added one of the more explosive offensive and special teams performers coming out of the college this year. He projects as a faster and more talented Dexter McCluster, who left the Chiefs in free agency and landed with the Tennessee Titans. "He's a hybrid type of player," said Dorsey. "He's a niche player; he can play running back, he can play slot receiver and he can return. With a coach like Andy Reid, you have somebody that's going to take advantage of all of that." - The Sports Xchange

 
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