hi-res-7912334_crop_northOregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas has announced that he will forego his senior season and will turn pro, as he declared for the 2014 NFL Draft today.

"I am officially withdrawing from the University of Oregon to pursue a professional career in the NFL," Thomas said in a statement. "I want to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to the University and all of my teammates, coaches and fans.  I look forward to staying connected to the University and visiting the sidelines as often as possible."

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich commented on Thomas and his decision.

"De'Anthony has been a spectacular talent in college football and has been a part of some of the most memorable plays in the history of the University of Oregon. We wish him success going forward with his career."

Thomas was stellar under Chip Kelly, especially in his freshmen season. However, after Kelly left, Thomas fell off a bit.

With Thomas Tyner and Bryon Marshall finishing off the season with more carries than him, it seemed like Thomas had no choice but to enter the NFL, as it looks like his draft stock won't be any higher than it is now. Currently, his draft stock is at a mid-to-late round pick.

Thomas finished the season with 581 rushing yards on 6.2 yards per carry. He's been regarded as one of the fastest and most explosive players in college football, and that speed will help the Oregon standout translate well into the pros.

However, at 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, the size isn't quite there for him to be an every-down running back in the league. Likely, I see Thomas going into the Dexter McCluster or Denard Robinson path, playing a bit of running back and slot receiver. I can also Thomas fielding punt and kick returns as well.

Obviously, the perfect fit for Thomas would have to be the Philadelphia Eagles. He would fit perfectly in Kelly's offense. I can definitely see the Eagles draft Thomas in the third round or later if they are able to.


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