The New York Jets are doing their best to field the most productive football team going into next season. They want to bring in versatile players who can make big plays in key moments and contribute immediately upon arrival. One of the Jets’ weaknesses last season was definitely their lack of offensive production. They truly had no major offensive weapons around a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith, as it showed in their 8-8 effort of a season.
Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jets would like to add another multi-purpose threat to their offense at running back — a player who could not only run the ball with authority but also be a receiving threat in shotgun kind of formations.
Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas would fit this bill and more with his interesting style of play. He’s very talented in that he can be incredibly fast once he gets the football and can catch pretty well, running across the field to create mismatches on defense. Many compare him to Darren Sproles, which is a great compliment to be told as a running back waiting to be drafted by an NFL team.
Thomas is also good at returning kickoff/punt returns, as he’s had 10 returns for at least 40+ yards or more his last few years in college. Even though the Jets addressed their issue with returns by signing Jacoby Ford, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan in case something happens. He has a huge background in track and field, which explains the explosiveness of speed once he takes off. He should do very well once he enters the NFL.
If Thomas is available in the 2nd round of the draft, the Jets would be smart to grab him to help add yet another weapon to their offense as well as special teams.