De’Anthony Thomas – Video Overview
The video above shows de’anthony thomas running a 4.47 at the 2013 combine. This was recorded from a camera placed behind him during the workout. He ran the 40 yard dash in 5.01 seconds.
His vertical jump was 34 inches and his broad jump was 10 feet 9 inches. He had a 3.94 second three cone drill and a 7 foot, 2 inch broad jump. These are all impressive numbers for any player, let alone one that stands 6 feet tall with long arms and thick legs.
Thomas has been compared to former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens because of his size (6′ 1″) and speed (4.47 40 yard dash). However, there have been other comparisons made to players like Randy Moss and Isaac Bruce.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights of de’anthony thomas:
De’Anthony Thomas Highlight Videos:
Below are some videos that highlight de’anthony thomas skills and abilities. Some of these were filmed during his high school days when he played football for the Newberry School District in Atlanta Georgia. Others are from his time at the University of Oregon.
Here is a video of an interview with de’anthony thomas and the 2014 NFL Draft:
Here is a video of de’anthony thomas highlights that include footage from the Newberry high school football team:
De’Anthony Thomas High School Football – Newberry vs. Riverside (HS) from jackson shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video of de’anthony thomas career highlights at the University of Oregon:
Trent Richardson Runs Over De’Anthony Thomas at Ducks Football Practice from Jack Shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video of a news story about de’anthony thomas and his visit to the NFL Scouting Combine:
De’Anthony Thomas prepares for the NFL Draft from jackson shore on Vimeo.
A Look At The Highlights of De’Anthony Thomas
De’Anthony Thomas was a top recruit coming out of high school. He played several positions while at the University of Oregon including running back and wide receiver. He also played some quarterback during his college career.
He was known as one of the most electrifying players in college football. Despite having an injury plagued college career he still managed to finish with over 3,000 all purpose yards. This included 1,884 kick return yards, 1,821 punt return yards and 2,643 receiving yards. He also ran for over 2,000 career yards and 19 rushing touchdowns.
Below is a look at some of his most impressive plays during college:
In this video you see de’anthony thomas taking a kick off return to the house:
De’Anthony Thomas Kick Return TD vs. Cal from jackson shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video of de’anthony thomas returning a punt for a touchdown:
De’Anthony Thomas Punt Return TD from jackson shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video of de’anthony thomas running the ball in from over 70 yards out during his college career:
De’Anthony Thomas Run vs. Washington from jackson shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video of de’anthony thomas showing off his hands while at the University of Oregon:
De’Anthony Thomas Highlights – Wide Receiver from jackson shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video of de’anthony thomas showing off his speed by running past everyone on a kickoff return:
De’Anthony Thomas RUNS Past Everyone on KICKOFF from jackson shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video of de’anthony thomas showing off his blocking ability on a rushing play:
De’Anthony Thomas BLOCKS FIELD GOAL vs. Arizona from jackson shore on Vimeo.
Here is a video showing some of the highlights from his time at the University of Oregon:
De’Anthony Thomas Highlights from jackson shore on Vimeo.
The Main Areas Of Improvement For De’Anthony Thomas
There isn’t too much to criticize about de’anthony thomas. He is an explosive and versatile athlete who has what it takes to be a starting NFL player at the running back position and as a kick returner.
The main thing he will need to work on is his ability to run inside. He has the speed to get to the outside incredibly fast but at the NFL level he won’t always be able to do that. He’ll need to learn how to read blocks and have the patience to let those blocks develop in order to find the opening.
Another thing he’ll need to work on is his ball security. He had a few fumbles in college, especially early on in his career. Once he secures the football properly and becomes better at taking care of it, that should stop.
To be honest though, there really isn’t much he’ll need to work on at the next level. He’s a very gifted athlete and if he continues working hard, he’ll be a very valuable asset for his team as a running back and returner.
How Does He Coexist With The Other running backs?
This is a concern that has been brought up a lot as people are wondering if thomas will be able to make it in the NFL. The main concern is that thomas is very similar to another Oregon product, speedster back, 4.3 blazing fast Chris Johnson.
While they both have a similar playing style, I don’t see the issue with Thomas coexisting with Johnson. The Arizona Cardinals had two first round picks used on running backs in the last two years in Johnson and Beanie Wells and both of those players can coexist successfully.
If anything, having another versatile back in the backfield with Thomas will make the offensive playbook a lot more diverse. Defensive coordinators won’t be able to focus all their attention on stopping one particular style of play.
Who Is The Best Fit?
For the reasons I just mentioned, my favorite spot for thomas is the Arizona Cardinals. Since he is such a versatile player and will be able to help in so many ways on offense. Having two players like that on one team really opens up the playbook.
Other team’s that could use his services are the Carolina Panthers, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tennessee Titans.
Other Heisman Trophy Winners In The NFL
Some of the most successful players in the NFL have won the Heisman. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs seem to have the best shot at winning it but there have been defensive players who have also won it as well.
The most successful player to win the award is arguably former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin. He holds the record for most seasons leading the league in yards from scrimmage by a rookie with 11. He’s also a 3 time Superbowl winner and holds numerous other NFL records.
The least successful player to ever win it is probably another running back, Mike Rozier of the University of Nebraska. While he did have a decent 8 year career, he was plagued by injuries and never really lived up to his full potential.
Other notable players who have won the award are defensive tackle Vince Lombardi, kicker Chris Jacke, quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Steve Owens.
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