It took until the fourth round, but the Kansas City Chiefs finally delivered a much needed weapon for Alex Smith and the offense. GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid selected Oregon RB D’Anthony Thomas with the 24th pick of the fourth round (124 overall).
Thomas should immediately fill the void left when Dexter McCluster bolted for the Tennessee Titans in the offseason. The two players are almost identical in size (5’8″, 175), explosive and without a true position.
No matter if the Chiefs end up listing Thomas as a running back or receiver, he will be used all over the field. And, maybe more importantly, special teams coach Dave Toub can pencil the rookie in as his kick and punt returner.
During his final season with the Ducks, Thomas finished with a whopping 1,353 all-purpose yards despite missing three games due to injury. He rushed for 594 yards on 96 carries and eight touchdowns. Thomas also caught 22 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs still have three picks left on the final day of the draft. Their next selection will be in the fifth round, followed by two sixth round picks.