Former Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas runs mysterious 4.50 in 40 at NFL combine

Former Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas runs mysterious 4.50 in 40 at NFL combine
February 23, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Oregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) runs past UCLA Bruins safety Randall Goforth (3) at Autzen Stadium.

(Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

If former Oregon running back/wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas' speed tops out at 4.5 seconds flat in the 40-yard dash then the rest of the Pac-12 must all be running sub-4.9s.

Thomas, who scared the daylights out of many defenders and defensive coordinators with his speed during his three seasons at Oregon, was credited with an official 40-time of 4.50 seconds on Sunday during the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.

What made the time even more curious is that his unofficial times were 4.33 and 4.40.

That's quite the dramatic difference between unofficial and official times but as of the posting of this article, the time of 4.50 stood as his official time.

That is not a good showing for a guy who measures 5-foot-9 and 174-pounds and has is considered a tweener.

Thomas, who will probably be better served to play receiver in the NFL, worked out with the running backs on Sunday. Even with that group, usually slower than the receivers, Thomas' 40-time came in ranked tied for 11th.

Had he run with the receivers his 40 time would have ranked 21st among that group.

To make matters worse, Thomas didn't perform all that well in other drills, either.

He lifted 225 pounds eight times, last among running backs who lifted. His vertical leap of 32-inches ranked tied for 25th. His best showing came in the broad jump where he leaped 124 inches, tied for eighth.

NFLDraftScout.com projected Thomas as a sixth or seventh round pick in this spring's NFL Draft before the combine. Although it's likely that most NFL scouts recognize that Thomas is faster tan 4.50, his time certainly doesn't help his draft stock.

He will have another chance to impress scouts at next month's Oregon Pro Day.