The Secret Weapon?

Posted: May 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

deanthony thomasWith the loss of DeSean Jackson, the Philadelphia Eagles saw their #1 weapon in the passing game suddenly evaporate from their roster. Love him or hate him, Jackson presented an obstacle for opposing defenses to plan for. That obstacle is no longer here, and Chip Kelly would love to find the perfect replacement at some point in this weekend’s NFL draft. Enter De’Anthony Thomas, a prolific talent who played under the Eagles’ head coach at Oregon.

A diminutive talent, the 5-9 Thomas succeeds despite his modest stature. One aspect of his game that isn’t modest is his elusiveness. Sportsline.com called Thomas the most electric player in the entire 2014 draft. High praise for a player not expected to be drafted until at least the third round. His elusiveness, quickness, and instant acceleration make Thomas a danger to score every time he touches the football.

Other than size, another gripe that talent evaluators have towards Thomas is that he isn’t a fit for most offenses. As a small talent without the size or power to be a feature back and lacking the route running pedigree of other receivers in his class, Thomas is being looked over by most. One team that won’t overlook this youngster is Philadelphia, where he would be a perfect fit in Kelly’s offensive scheme. At Oregon, Thomas thrived thanks to wide splits and up-tempo play calling. He’s a whiz in the screen game and is perhaps the best player in this draft after the ball is put in his hands.

It’s clear that Kelly and the Eagles have a motive to their madness with regards to DeSean Jackson. Perhaps, the possibility of replacing him with a much younger and cheaper Thomas weighed heavily in their minds. One thing is for sure, this superb talent cannot be overlooked if he’s around in the second or third round for Philadelphia. The possibilities are just too perfect to let pass by.

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The Lowdown on De’Anthony Thomas:
5-9, 175 lbs.
4.39 in the 40-yard dash
Averaged 7.8 yards per rush at Oregon
Caught 113 passes for 1296 yards and 15 touchdowns at Oregon (3 seasons)
Returned 5 kicks/punts for touchdowns

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