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Draft Watch: Earl Thomas

If any of you readers have been following my “Draft Watch” posts, you would now I like to alternate between offensive and defensive players.  However, I am forced to make an exception this week. Due to all of our Free Agent moves, I believe our new number one priority is Free Safety, and Earl Thomas fills that role better than anyone in the draft.

Thomas is coming off his Red-Shirt sophomore year at Texas, which seems a little early (he’s 20). However, I think he’s incredibly smart, talented, and athletic. I think he could make a big splash in the NFL.

Thomas was born in Orange, TX, which is on the Texas-Louisiana border. He played Safety, Receiver, and Running Back in High School and was an All-State selection. He went to Texas, after being ranked a “4 star recruit”.

Thomas was a redshirt in his freshman year, but started all 13 games his next year. He had 63 tackles and 2 interceptions. He made the All-Freshman team. Last year, he had 8 interceptions, and was given the Defensive Back trophy, obviously given to the best DB in college football.

Why We Draft Him: As I said, we need a Free Safety, and he would be the one to get. He’s not huge (5’10 208 lbs) but he is very, very physical and fast (4.44 40). He can really do it all; blitz, cover, and stop the run.  He may even make an impact as a returner. I really think Parcells and Co. will appreciate what this guy brings, and will be more than happy to draft him.

Why We Don’t Draft Him: He’s young, and sometimes plays like it. He can be over-aggressive and blow assignments because of it. I’ve also heard people say he might fair better as a cornerback or Strong Safety, because his aggressiveness will better help him in those positions. However, I think he can fair well at Free Safety.

In conclusion, I say we draft him with our first pick, and start him immediately at FS. His skills are just way too good.

-Sam

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