Earlier this offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs lost one of the more exciting players in the league when Dexter McCluster left the team in free agency. Luckily for the Chiefs, De’Anthony Thomas, an explosive playmaker out of Oregon, fell to them in the 2014 NFL draft, and Thomas is going to make the Chiefs totally forget about McCluster.
Both players are relatively similar in size as Thomas measures out at 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, while McCluster comes in at 5-foot-8, 170 pounds. Not to mention, both players are more quick than fast, and both Thomas and McCluster have exceptional receiving ability, as well as exceptional field vision.
That said, what really separates Thomas from McCluster is his consistency. While McCluster had a tendency to sometimes disappear in games, I don’t see that with Thomas. Not to mention, though both players are similarly sized, Thomas has a much stronger frame than McCluster, and that should allow Thomas to be a much more durable player in the long term. Throw in the fact that Thomas has elite athletic ability, and a Tavon Austin-type versatility, and it’s easy to see what makes Thomas such a promising young player.
Overall, while the Chiefs lost a great weapon in McCluster this offseason, they more than made up for it with the fourth round selection of Thomas. I fully believe Thomas will end up becoming a better, more well-rounded player than McCluster in the long-run. Thomas is every bit the playmaker McCluster was, and he will make the Chiefs forget about McCluster right away.