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Earl Thomas runs fast, pulls hamstring

E. Thomas.jpgTexas safety Earl Thomas has been somewhat lost in this year’s safety class with Eric Berry and Taylor Mays getting so much attention, but NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes Thomas is the best of class at the position.

At his Pro Day Wednesday, Thomas ran a forty-yard dash between 4.34-4.38 on Texas’ fast track, then pulled his hamstring. He didn’t finish the rest of the workout, but will stand on his combine work.

Some scouts seem to think Thomas could play cornerback, as well as free safety.  He’s certainly got the speed, but a change of position would seemingly take away Thomas’ special centerfield skills and make him just another cornerback.

Thomas looks like a first-round pick, and Houston may have a hard time passing on him if he makes it that far.

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24 Responses to “Earl Thomas runs fast, pulls hamstring”
  1. DoughBoyRAC says: Mar 31, 2010 7:18 PM

    See Thomas.
    See Thomas run.
    See Thomas pull hamstring.
    See Thomas spend season on IR.
    See drafting team pull a Reggie Bush.
    See drafting team try again next year with a top five pick.

  2. hsf09 says: Mar 31, 2010 7:20 PM

    I would love for us to keep him in state and bring him down to Houston! FS isn’t necessarily a need but we[most fans] would still love to have him if he lasts until 20.

  3. Beast says: Mar 31, 2010 7:22 PM

    Earl Thomas is a beast. I would love to have him in a Chargers uni. Dude is a bad ass.

  4. falcon3 says: Mar 31, 2010 7:35 PM

    special centerfield skills? you must have been watching different tape than all the Longhorn games I watched. he looked more like feast against lame duck passes, famine against solid jukes from RB/WR to me.

  5. SixburghSteelers says: Mar 31, 2010 7:36 PM

    Berrys’ bettter against the run, Thomas is better against the pass.
    Both are WAY better than Mays, he’s just BIG! A smart team would make him a LB

  6. B The Philly Guy says: Mar 31, 2010 8:04 PM

    Seems like this happens to someone every year in the combine when they try to push themselves the extra distance. But still Thomas will be an asset to any team he goes to and I wouldn’t mind him in an Eagles jersey. Unless Macho Harris steps it up this season which I am hoping for most.

  7. Andre_Johnson_for_prez says: Mar 31, 2010 8:11 PM

    Mays to houston would be great!!! Plug him in next to pollard. To be honest though, if the right run stuffing dt is there he should be grabbed!! i’m so sick of their dt’s being lame ducks!! How is mario going to show what he’s made of if he can’t get some pressure off his back?

  8. burntorangehorn says: Mar 31, 2010 8:50 PM

    Doughboy, did you hurt yourself with that bit of cleverness?
    Too bad Earl didn’t get to finish his pro day. He’s a guy whose on-field performance, not post-season workouts, should’ve been his main feather in his hat, but the fact is that he’s been burning it up since the season ended too. He’d be a perfect center-fielder for KC.

  9. Kelly says: Mar 31, 2010 8:51 PM

    That pulled hamstring just cost him the chance to be drafted by the Dolphins. The local Miami media has been high on him and by pulling a hammy (not properly preparing, real real short term most likely) will not sit well with the Trifecta.

  10. TryTheVeal says: Mar 31, 2010 8:55 PM

    @B the Philly Guy
    You do realize that macho was a cornerback in college, and the Eagles suddenly think he can replace B-Dawk as a safety simply because they drafted him….IN THE 5TH ROUND…..Macho is no NFL safety, never was, never will be, he got destroyed on special teams last year, he will be out of the league in 2 years…

  11. mjk68 says: Mar 31, 2010 9:29 PM

    With the 17th pick in the 2010 nfl draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Earl Thomas, safety, University of Texas.

  12. Jungle Juice says: Mar 31, 2010 10:04 PM

    He needs to go to the Bengals unless Iupati is still available.

  13. dcryan82 says: Mar 31, 2010 10:27 PM

    @ Kelly
    So Miami would pass up on a playmaker of Thomas’ skill, at a position of HUGE need just because he pulled his hamstring? Get a clue man.

  14. promin1 says: Mar 31, 2010 10:27 PM

    If he pulled a hammy, he would fit in perfect with the Giants. They set the record every year for hamstring injuries. C’mon Giants…draft him. keep your streak alive!

  15. dcryan82 says: Mar 31, 2010 10:30 PM

    @ Kelly
    So Miami is going to pass on a playmaker like Thomas who has amazing skills, and would fill a HUGE hole in the defense just because he pulled his hamstring at his pro day where he ran extremely fast???
    Get a Clue.
    P.S. You have no idea what sits well with the “Trifecta”

  16. BigBear123 says: Mar 31, 2010 11:05 PM

    Maybe the Bears could get him with their first pick…too bad it’s in the 3rd round.

  17. FMWarner says: Apr 1, 2010 2:37 AM

    This is the guy I want for the Eagles, and I hope to God he’s still there at 24. Macho Harris is a disaster.

  18. RaiderhateR4Life says: Apr 1, 2010 3:17 AM

    With the 17th pick in the in the 2010 draft, the San Francisco 49ers select… Earl Thomas (CHA-CHING!) he was a beast in Texas and I hope he continues his success no matter where he ends up. This injury is just a speed bump, he’ll still do great.

  19. Andre_Johnson_for_prez says: Apr 1, 2010 4:54 AM

    Earl thomas in the 1st for the texans is where it’s at..
    Just wanted to point this out, I said that the texans should draft Toby Gerhart awhile back when you had a topic about him being compared to other white running backs. Your boyfriend Mike Mayock just had a video on about it in the texans on the clock. Make sure you let him know I said it first.

  20. Gabrielsdad237 says: Apr 1, 2010 8:14 AM

    Earl Thomas = Reggie Nelson. All speed and no tackling.

  21. Jack Burton says: Apr 1, 2010 8:48 AM

    The Steelers need to trade up, this guy and Polamalu would be unstoppable…. like the staph infections at the Browns facilities.

  22. DarkHorse81 says: Apr 1, 2010 9:11 AM

    Earl Thomas equal Bob Sanders great when he’s on the field but will he be able to stay on it, we shall all see but that’s who he reminds me of

  23. overkil2 says: Apr 1, 2010 9:35 AM

    “dcryan82 says:
    March 31, 2010 10:30 PM
    @ Kelly
    So Miami is going to pass on a playmaker like Thomas who has amazing skills, and would fill a HUGE hole in the defense just because he pulled his hamstring at his pro day where he ran extremely fast???
    Get a Clue.
    P.S. You have no idea what sits well with the “Trifecta”

    I have to agree. If he was high on the Fins list, a pulled Hammy won’t change that.

  24. BRUTUS9448 says: Apr 1, 2010 11:21 AM

    I think phins will have a decisin to make between thomas and dan williams

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