The Kansas City Chiefs selected RB, De’Anthony Thomas, with the 124th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft Saturday. Thomas looks to be a replacement for Dexter McCluster who signed with Tennessee as a free agent this year. Thomas was projected as a 5th-6th round pick so some view it as a reach.
With David Yankey and Peierre Desir still on the board, Kansas city could have added depth to their OL or secondary but Kansas City opted to replace McCluster. Thomas was a college sprinter and should be able to come in and contribute to special teams immediately.
Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com had some good things to say about Thomas
Has legit big-time sprinter’s speed with very quick turnover (and is field-fast). Cat-quick to the corner, accelerates very quickly and can easily take the perimter. Good vision and cutback ability — is patient and follows his blocks. Can tightrope-walk the sideline. Very quick to and through the hole once he sees a crease and can stick his foot in the dirt and go. Catches in stride with ease and can make difficult one-handed snags (see Arizona). Has home-run speed in the return game, with 3 career return TDs.
Thomas will also come in and compete with Cyrus Gray for the third running back spot on the Chiefs roster. Many people expect a WR with this pick but Andy Reid must have seen something in Thomas that he could utilize more than any of the WR left in the draft.
There are many exciting highlight reels on YouTube of De’Anthony Thomas but here is one of my favorites.