NFL Draft: Kansas City selects Oregon WR/RB De'Anthony Thomas in fourth round

NFL Draft: Kansas City selects Oregon WR/RB De'Anthony Thomas in fourth round
May 10, 2014, 10:30 am

Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas said his right ankle remains sore but he hopes to return to action soon.

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Kansas City selected former Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth round with the 124th-overall pick of the NFL Draft today.

Thomas became the second former Ducks player selected, following wide receiver Josh Huff, selected Friday in the third round by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Thomas, listed at 5-foot-9, 174-pounds, is an undersized running back with wide receiver ability who Kansas City coach Andy Reid could use all over the field.

Stanford coach David Shaw, appearing on NFL Network's coverage of the draft, said that Thomas is one of those guys who is "tough to prepare for but he's also tough to play."

Shaw said Thomas, whom he faced for three seasons, is not a true running back or a true receiver, but he can do some things at both positions.

"If you're looking for that utility player who from day one is your punt returner, and you're talking about 15 plays per game here, that's why you don't go in the second round, but that's maybe why you go in the fourth or fifth round because you can play a role," Shaw said.

Running back Jamaal Charles is the lead back in Kansas City. Thomas could be one of his backups, and compete for time at slot receiver. Kansas City also has running back Cyrus Gray on the roster.

Thomas could replace Dexter McCluster, who signed with Tennessee as a free agent after serving as a utility player for Kansas City where he returned kicks and played some running back and receiver.