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Earl Thomas (SS)
  • Height:
    5'10"
  • Weight:
    208 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/8 in.
  • College:
    Texas
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: Seattle Seahawks
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 14 (14)
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Pick Analysis: The Seahawks add a talented playmaker to the back end of their defense with the selection of Earl Thomas. As an instinctive safety with exceptional range and awareness, Thomas will eliminate some of the big plays that plagued the defense a season ago. Additionally, his exceptional cover skills will allow the Seahawks to creatively use him in their nickel packages as a sub-defender in the slot. Given his multi-faceted skills, Thomas was a sensible pick for a Seahawks team in desperate need of playmakers on both sides of the ball.

Overview

Thomas is an undersized safety with great straight-line speed. He is an excellent athlete who has good hips and quickness for the safety position. He is competitive athlete who will fill the alley, but scouts question his effectiveness at the next level in that role. He is a solid open-field tackler, leveraging the ball well in the open field. He is an instinctive player who anticipates break points well to make plays in the passing game. He has excellent ball skills and has big-play potential when he makes the interception. Thomas is a very good football player who lacks ideal size but has high value in this year's draft.


Strengths

Thomas is a ball-hawking safety with very good straight-line speed. Elite athlete with fluid hips who follows the quarterback's eyes and consistently jumps routes. Has the elusiveness to make people miss in space and can take an interception back to the house. Tough competitor who will fill in the running game and does not shy away from contact. Good tackler.

Weaknesses

Thomas is lean and not very tall and may not have the strength to make plays inside the box at the next level. Size will also limit effectiveness against larger inside receivers who can out muscle him for the ball.

Grade

8.7

 

Video Playlist

  • Seahawks pick Earl Thomas

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 09:30 p.m.

    The Seahawks select Texas S Earl Thomas with the 14th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • Eric Berry vs. Earl Thomas

    Published: April 15, 2010 at 07:04 p.m.

    Mike Mayock and Charley Casserly debate which player is the top safety in the draft.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Earl Thomas, Texas

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 02:44 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect Texas safety Earl Thomas.

  • Earl Thomas interview

    Published: April 1, 2010 at 03:43 p.m.

    Mike Mayock catches up with Texas safety Earl Thomas after his pro day workout ends with an injured hamstring.

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