Green Bay Packers Should Draft De’Anthony Thomas

De'Anthony Thomas

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Having a player who can change the game within seconds is monument towards an NFL offense. These specific players also have the ability to make plays in the ground game and make plays in the passing game too. The best offensive weapon in this draft is De’Anthony Thomas. Nicknamed the “Black Mamba,” Thomas may be the most versatile player in this draft class. The Green Bay Packers should be looking into this shifty prospect.

At the University of Oregon, Thomas lined up everywhere in the Ducks’ offense. It’s safe to say he was Chip Kelly‘s favorite toy in this fast-paced offense. Although he is small, Thomas provides matchup nightmares across the gridiron. In today’s NFL, offenses are looking to open up the field to let the quicker players do more damage. That’s why Thomas is coming into the league at the perfect time.

When you look at some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, almost all of them have a player like this. Drew Brees had Darren Sproles for many years, Tom Brady has Shane Vereen, and Philip Rivers has Danny Woodhead. Sproles, Vereen and Woodhead are intriguing players, because they can make their impact felt on every play. Although he is one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers has never had a player who can do these things. That’s why the Packers should draft Thomas in this year’s draft.

Thomas is the type of talent that can make a big play at any given time. He can line up at receiver, take some running plays in the backfield, and he can be explosive in the return game. In Green Bay’s offense, Thomas will be a perfect fit with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb around him. Thomas would also be the perfect complement to Eddie Lacy, as they have completely different running styles.

Some Oregon products haven’t panned out recently, but there is something about Thomas that makes me believe that he will have a successful career as an exciting weapon in an NFL offense.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google.


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  • Patrick K Lotzer

    That’s stupid even though Thomas is great. Randall Cobb is that guy and I would prefer him over Thomas.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment, Patrick. Can Cobb line up in the backfield? Also, Thomas is a bit faster and elusive than Cobb.

      • Patrick K Lotzer

        Cobb has lined up in the backfield. No doubt Thomas is faster, but I don’t see a need for 2 guys that I consider very similar. The Packers need to draft a Center in the first round since they lost Evan Dietrich Smith. We can’t afford to have Rogers hurt again.

        • Ryan Ratty

          Center is definitely a need, but Green Bay can find one in the middle rounds.