De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon has made major headlines since he declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. He has now hired and fired his first 2 agents in only a matter of months. Thomas was first represented by Relativity Sports and most recently James Bryant of The Cochran Firm.
Only days before the NFL Draft, Thomas has officially signed with Contract Advisors, David Dunn and Brian Murphy of Athletes First. It seems like a wise decision for Thomas, because Dunn is one of most established agents in the NFL. Dunn is entering his third decade in player representation and he represents some of the top players in the NFL, including Aaron Rodgers, Wes Welker, and Clay Matthews. Sports Illustrated also named Dunn the 11th most influential agent in all of sports.
Thomas had a prolific career at Oregon, finishing with 5,345 career all-purpose yards, trailing only LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner on Oregon’s career list. Further, Thomas holds the all-time record at Oregon for kickoff return yards (1,885) and punt return average (17.1).
Thomas is slated to be a third day pick in this week’s NFL Draft. His late round projection is due in large part to questions about his durability and small size (5’9” 170lbs). In 2013, he missed 3 games due to injury. Some scouts have compared his size and versatility to Darren Sproles. If Thomas is able to live up to that comparison, he will have a very long NFL career.
Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal was the first to announce the signing.