It's a smart move by the Skins. They know he's entrenched as a radio personality, and stroking his ego by throwing him this bone will definitely sway the way he talks about the Skins. And if they don't stroke his ego, he'll be very negative about the Skins - like when he poopoo'd the Ryan Kerrigan pick.
Yeah I keep forgetting that the team is owned by a marketing guy. Good call.
this is the first draft in a while I have zero clue who the Skins will take. I'm assuming BPA and anyone Shanny takes wouldn't shock me outside of another QB
Well considering this is the first draft in a while that they are picking so late it would stand to reason I would be shocked if it wasn't a position of need and we all know what those positions are by now.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Thomas has displayed the fluidity, athleticism, anticipation and versatility that helped him earn all-American status as a senior (becoming the first Fresno State player in history selected as an unanimous all-American).
Coaches have used Thomas at both free safety and strong safety, as a run stopper, pass-rusher and in man and zone coverages. Thomas hasn’t seemed to struggle.
“I’m good in the box, I can come down the line and make some tackles at the point, and I also have the range to play in the middle and get down the sideline and play the ball in the air,” Thomas says. “It just depends on where a team picks me up and where they want me to be, I can play strong or free. I want to be able to do a lot of things. I don’t want to just sit back deep, because I can do a lot of things. A team that would let me do a lot of things, I’d be crazy happy.”
Thomas credits Fresno State secondary coach Tim McDonald for the success that he experienced during his college career, and his apparent readiness for the NFL.
McDonald, a former Cardinal and 49er and six-time Pro Bowl player during 13 NFL seasons, taught Thomas the importance of dedicating himself in the area of film study. Thomas said doing so has helped him recognize opponents’ formations and tendencies, and thus, helps him play faster.
Originally Posted by KickSave
Thomas is exactly what we need... smart, athletic, good work ethic and versatile enough to play SS or FS and roam the backfield or play around the LOS. Since we don't know how Tanard Jackson or Meriweather will be next year, we don't know if we need a FS or a SS or both. Probably both.
Going back to the first page of this thread is money... some really smart people on this forum :)
Reading between the lines of the exerpt from Mskins, it sounds like Thomas prefers the strong side. He doesn't want to just sit back in coverage. While that's not all a free safety does, it is generally the primary thing. To me, that's why the Rambo pick really complements the Thomas pick. You can play Thomas at either spot.
I use stats like a drunk uses lampposts - for support rather than illumination.