De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon)
This would be the ideal replacement for the explosive and versatile Sproles. To be frank, Thomas doesn’t have the size or build you look for in a running back. He definitely won’t be a feature back at the next level, and durability and size concerns will have him being a fit for only a handful of teams at first glance. The Saints would be one of them, though.
By drafting Thomas, they’d get a much younger and arguably more explosive version of Sproles and they’d be able to also save money in the process by releasing Sproles, as well. Thomas isn’t going to be the right guy for every team, but he seems to be the ideal player for the Saints. Now they just have to ask themselves if they’ve gotten all they could out of an aging Sproles. If the answer is yes, don’t be shocked if they pull the trigger on Thomas somewhere in the third or fourth round range in the 2014 NFL Draft.