Cowboys’ Potential Draft Pick: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
My latest scouting report is on Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas.
Thomas is a short, stocky safety at 5-9, 213 pounds. He carries that weight very well, running a 4.42 at the Combine, although he reportedly ran a 4.26 during his time at Syracuse. Thomas is an overall explosive athlete. He recorded an 11-1 broad jump, which is remarkable for someone his size, and 28 reps on the bench press.
On the field, Thomas is extremely aggressive; Mike Mayock described him as a “heat-seeking missile,” and that observation couldn’t be more accurate. Thomas is much like Troy Polamalu in that he’s always around the football. He plays all over the field—in the box, in the slot, and from a deep position—but he consistently finds himself in on plays. He really throws his body around, dodging defenders in traffic and flying up to make plays in the backfield.
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