De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon)
Thomas is without a doubt the number one option here. He’s vastly undersized, which means no one will overdraft him to be a feature back, while his frame will scare some off due to long-term durability concerns. While there are some mild concerns, the shoes Thomas would be filling should fit him perfectly, as he’s a smaller back with exceptional vision, long speed and short area explosiveness. He’s proven to have soft hands out of the backfield, as well, and even offers added versatility as a return man. Basically a younger version of Sproles, landing Thomas somewhere in the third or fourth round would be the ideal move for the Saints in their efforts to replace Sproles.
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