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Saturday, May 10, 2014
De'Anthony Thomas to bolster return game

By Adam Teicher

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas with the No. 24 pick in the fourth round Saturday.

Thomas has electrifying ability and now it's up to the Chiefs to get it out of him. He is world-class fast, though he inexplicably ran a 4.5 40 at the combine in February. He is of similar size and has similar skills to the Dexter McCluster, who recently departed as a free agent to sign with the Tennessee Titans.

Though he is listed as a running back, the Chiefs may use Thomas in a variety of roles and he could spend most of his time as a slot receiver. Look for Andy Reid to have some fun figuring out ways to utilize Thomas. Thomas is also one of the best return specialists available in this year's draft. Look for him to claim the vacant punt returner's job left by McCluster's departure as well as become the main kickoff returner.