Posted: 6:00 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas, who had a private workout with the Falcons.
Player: De’Anthony Thomas
Position: Running back
Height and weight: 5-9, 174 pounds
Combine numbers: 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash (4.38 at campus workout); 8 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 32-inch vertical jump; 10-4 broad jump.
Projected Round: He’s the 17th running back in the draft and projected to be selected in the
sixth round by NFLDraftScout.com.
Career Highlights: He’s smallish speedster with a penchant for the big play. Last season, he played in 10 games and made five starts. He’s a dynamic multi-purpose threat. He was the Pac-12 co-offensive freshmen of the year in 2011 and was the only player in the nation with 400 yards rushing, receiving and on kick returns. A native of Los Angeles, who got his start playing in the Snoop Dogg Youth League.
Quotes: “I feel like I’m a playmaker and I just like to contribute. I feel like I’m a great team player and I just want to make plays for my team. …I can play receiver. I can play running back. Kick return. Punt return. I just want to contribute…When I first arrived at Oregon, (Chip Kelly) was a great coach to me and I learned a lot from him. Just to see him leave Oregon, it was really tough for me. I stayed strong and I finished my college career.”
Falcons level on interest: The Falcons are thin at running back after Jason Snelling’s retirement and the release of Bradie Ewing. Thomas has been compared to St. Louis Tavon Austin. While the lines are of major concern, the Falcons would like to come away from an offensive weapon or two.
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