Draft Capsule: SS Shamarko Thomas

Draft Capsule: SS Shamarko Thomas

April 17, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

Shamarko Thomas (SS), Syracuse

5-9 | 213 lbs

2012 Stats:

88 tackles, 3 FF, 2 INT 

Projection:

3rd-4th round

Strengths:

Packs a lot of punch in a small frame, and uses his leverage in his favor to stay low and attack ball carriers on run plays; he's not afraid to go for the big hit, sacrificing his body to force fumbles and make his presence known across the middle--he's essentially a safety in a linebacker's body, which makes him a solid pass rusher and hybird player who can move all around the field; character issues won't be a problem here: Shamarko lost both his parents at an early age and had to care for all of his siblings; he's one of the good guys and has the work ethic to compete for a start on an NFL roster

Weaknesses:

Being so aggressive means that at times he can be faked out by opponents, biting on play-action and jukes that put him out of position; his height may be a turn-off to some teams, though he has the speed and strength to make up for it; his pass coverage skills could use improving in terms of going up and defending/intercepting balls

Fit for Bears:

The Bears' enforcer on defense is gone in Brian Urlacher, and none of the team's safety draft selections the last few years have completely panned out. The Bears like their safeties big and, while Thomas is shorter, at 213 pounds his reckless abandon makes him one of those "bigger" safeties. Chicago is deeper at safety than most positions and it doesn't have a third-round draft pick, so Thomas may not match up with where and when the Bears are selecting.