When the Kansas City Chiefs selected running back De’Anthony Thomas in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the general consensus was that he was coming to KC to replace what Dexter McCluster was to the team.
“De’Anthony s going to be a slot (receiver), a running back, return kicks — we’re not sure what his position will be,” Davis said on NFL Network‘s “Path to the Draft”. “He came out of high school and a lot of people recruited him as a defensive back. He could convert to a slot corner. With his quickness and ability, that would be a move that could be beneficial to him. He might end up having a longer career.”
This all goes back to Thomas’s days at Crenshaw High in Los Angeles, California. He was recruited as a hard hitting safety, who had the ability to play corner back as well. Could you imagine his 5-foot-7 frame coming up to smack an NFL running back? Yeah, me neither.
Obviously, he stuck to the offensive side of the ball with the Ducks and it’s expected he’ll do the same with the Chiefs.
Other than offensive lineman, defensive lineman, and sometimes defensive backs, players switching positions in their first season is very rare in the NFL.
This is just speculation from Charles Davis and it’s definitely an interesting thought. Thomas’s defensive back skills will translate well for him in the NFL, especially on special teams and who knows? Maybe somewhere down the line Andy Reid and Bob Sutton will put his DB skills to the test.
The fact that he has the ability to play defensive back in his repertoire is exciting in itself, regardless if it happens. The more I learn about De’Anthony Thomas, the more excited I get to watch him play for the Kansas City Chiefs this fall.
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