Running back De’Anthony Thomas was absolutely electric when working out Thursday at Oregon’s pro day, which was attended by representatives from 20 NFL teams who were on hand to witness 11 Ducks players work out indoors on FieldTurf.
Thomas (5-foot-8 5/8, 174 pounds) — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 and 4.35 seconds. He had a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.21 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds. He performed nine reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Thomas is going to be a lot like a running back version of Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. That is, Thomas will be a luxury for an NFL team, which will have to design a special set of plays for him to get him on the field. Thomas is really special as far as being an athlete is concerned. A lot of people will be chasing him around on the field, but I don’t think he can hold up at his structure/size.
Taylor Hart, DE (6-foot-6 3/8, 284 pounds) — Hart ran the 40 in 4.86 and 4.87 seconds. He had a 30-inch vertical jump and an 8-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.61 seconds and the three-cone in 7.42 seconds. He performed 23 strength lifts. Gary Emanuel, the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive line coach, put Hart through the position drills, where the defender was impressive. There is a thought based on Hart’s size/speed combo that he might be able to play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base defense, so Hart worked out as both a defensive end with his hand in the ground and as an outside ‘backer in space.
Josh Huff, WR (5-11 1/8, 204) — Huff ran the 40 in 4.49 and 4.47 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical and 9-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.19 seconds and the three-cone in 6.97 seconds. He performed 15 strength lifts.
Terrance Mitchell, CB (5-11 3/8, 193) — Mitchell ran the 40 in 4.56 seconds, but pulled his right hamstring doing so. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 10-1 broad jump. He did eight strength lifts.
Wade Keliikipi, DT (6-2, 303) — Keliikipi ran the 40 in 5.47 and 5.49 seconds. He had a 28-inch vertical jump and 8-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.58 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.12 seconds. He performed 30 strength lifts. Keliikipi is very athletic for a defensive tackle and will be a guy who could be selected late in the 2014 NFL Draft or be a priority free-agent pickup following the draft.