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TGryn
Thomas was the sparkplug of Kelly's Oregon offense the past few years. Downside is that he's a RB and we're stacked there, plus he's basically a scatback in terms of size...upside is he knows Kelly's offense, has demonstrated playmaker ability in it, and would instantly upgrade our return game (he could also be McCoy's 1st backup, though shifting him to WR seems more likely). 3rd round seems like a low projection for him.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-sat...393--ncaaf.html
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Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas, one of the fastest players in the nation, announced Sunday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL draft. Thomas, who also starred on the Oregon track and field team, holds school records for kickoff return yards and punt return average and is third in school history with 5,345 career all-purpose yards.
Thomas' speed and versatility make him a dynamic playmaking threat, but at 5-foot-9 and 176 pounds, questions about his durability will undoubtedly surface. An NFL scout told The Oregonian's Andrew Greif that the best-case scenario for Thomas would be a third round selection and compared him to Tavon Austin of the St. Louis Rams. "(Thomas) is an extremely explosive player, obviously," the scout said. "Size and durability will be his issues, but he would be a kick returner, punt returner and slot wide receiver/running back. He's pretty unique."

Zero
The team needs dramatic improvement in the return game. Adding him in the slot would also be interesting. I have to keep saying that I really appreciate Avant, he is just ordinary though and a team with the aspirations this team has needs more than ordinary.
mcnabbulous
Most people don't really consider him a RB. I think he'll be used more as a slot guy in the pros. A lot of the motion stuff we have been doing with Desean in recent weeks is how I would expect Chip to use Thomas.
Dreagon
Due to his size, he might fall to a round that Kelly can't resist taking him.
D Rock
So much for "big people beat up little people."

This guy is UNDER 180lbs.
Dreagon
Tony Dorsett was 5-11 and often played at 185 as a pro. He was lighter in college too, and he went on to have a long career. Size doesn't mean everything. It also depends on how he is used. Darren Sproles is even smaller and is doing pretty well.
Phits
QUOTE (Dreagon @ Jan 6 2014, 11:52 AM) *
Tony Dorsett was 5-11 and often played at 185 as a pro. He was lighter in college too, and he went on to have a long career. Size doesn't mean everything. It also depends on how he is used. Darren Sproles is even smaller and is doing pretty well.

Just to add to your list, Steve Smith (CAR) is 5-9 and was a tough s.o.b. in his hey day Maurice Jones-Drew (MoJo) 5-8 had a purty good career down there in Jax same with Ray Rice in B'more... Wes Welker 5-9, nuff said ...
mcnabbulous
QUOTE (Phits @ Jan 6 2014, 01:16 PM) *
Just to add to your list, Steve Smith (CAR) is 5-9 and was a tough s.o.b. in his hey day Maurice Jones-Drew (MoJo) 5-8 had a purty good career down there in Jax same with Ray Rice in B'more... Wes Welker 5-9, nuff said ...

It's less about height and more about weight. Those running backs you mentioned are all bowling balls.

With that being said, Thomas isn't going to be running between the tackles.
Rick
QUOTE (Dreagon @ Jan 6 2014, 11:52 AM) *
Tony Dorsett was 5-11 and often played at 185 as a pro. He was lighter in college too, and he went on to have a long career. Size doesn't mean everything. It also depends on how he is used. Darren Sproles is even smaller and is doing pretty well.

Dorsett played in a much different era.

Yes, the small guy can be successful but the odds are way stacked against him in today's game.
D Rock
QUOTE (Dreagon @ Jan 6 2014, 04:52 PM) *
Tony Dorsett was 5-11 and often played at 185 as a pro. He was lighter in college too, and he went on to have a long career. Size doesn't mean everything. It also depends on how he is used. Darren Sproles is even smaller and is doing pretty well.

Tony played in an era where a 250lbs defensive tackle was considered "big."
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