Yesterday we talked about the need for a running-back-by-committee approach in the modern NFL. It appears the Falcons are taking that paradigm seriously, looking in earnest to replace Jason Snelling. According to a National Football Post report, the Falcons worked out De'Anthony Thomas earlier today.
Thomas is a dynamic back, but his draft stock took a hit after he failed to impress at the Combine. He made up for that during his Pro Day, wowing scouts in the process. He's projected as 6th-7th round talent at this point, and that's fine by me. If he's around in the latter part of the draft, the Falcons will need to take a hard look.
The appeal of Thomas is undeniable. He's the perfect combination of elusive, quick, and stout; even if he doesn't possess elite straight line speed on paper, Thomas has an uncanny ability to separate himself from defenders. He's not particularly strong, but he can take a hit as needed.
If there's a knock on Thomas, it's that he's just ill-suited for the NFL. As stupid as that sounds, it's supposedly his biggest knock. According to his critics, if Thomas can't play in a fast paced offense, with a dual threat quarterback, and in kooky formations, then he's useless. I don't agree.