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Falcons’ draft board: Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

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Player: De’Anthony Thomas

Position: Running back

School: Oregon

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

Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas is one of the speedsters in the draft. (Steve Dykes / Associated Press)

Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas is one of the speedsters in the draft. (Steve Dykes / Associated Press)

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. 

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Buffalo LB Khalil Mack

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

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–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

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–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

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