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Shamarko Thomas is first Steelers draft pick to sign

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The Steelers have joined the list of teams with draft picks under contract.

The team’s communications coordinator Burt Lauten announced Thursday that the team has reached agreement on a contract with fourth-round pick Shamarko Thomas. The former Syracuse safety was the 111th overall pick in last month’s draft.

Thomas made a name for himself as a hitter while in college and profiles as the Steelers’ third safety behind Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu as a rookie. At a shade under 5-foot-9, there are some questions about whether his height will be a liability in the NFL. Clark takes a differing view, saying recently that he thinks the Steelers got a steal in the fourth round because teams were overly concerned with Thomas’ size.

With Thomas in the fold, the Steelers have eight draft picks left to sign.

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26 Responses to “Shamarko Thomas is first Steelers draft pick to sign”
  1. blitzinc43 says: May 16, 2013 10:26 AM

    You found your next Clark, so who’s the next Troy?

  2. Joemontanaflacco says: May 16, 2013 10:31 AM

    They start with the 111th pick from the 4th round? Holy Cow! This team really is broke!

  3. shickenchit says: May 16, 2013 10:38 AM

    “They start with the 111th pick from the 4th round? Holy Cow! This team really is broke!”

    We traded with the Browns to get this pick. Try harder troll.

  4. therealpittbull says: May 16, 2013 10:47 AM

    There is no next Troy. Those guys are created once in a generation.

  5. brownoholic says: May 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    You better use that pick wisely next year, Brownies.

    Still not happy bout that trade…

  6. Joemontanaflacco says: May 16, 2013 10:54 AM

    Why haven’t the Steelers signed Jones? Bell? Wheaton? If you don’t have the cash, don’t make the picks. Learn from the Ravens. Elam already has his jersey.

  7. shickenchit says: May 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    “Why haven’t the Steelers signed Jones? Bell? Wheaton? If you don’t have the cash, don’t make the picks. Learn from the Ravens. Elam already has his jersey.”

    Hello again, signing rookies is no big deal, it’s not like if we don’t sign them in this month then they’re a free agent. We are waiting for our 4.4 million from Willie Colon in June.

  8. stillers1229 says: May 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    5.5 million coming off the books on June 1st. We have plenty of money to sign EVERYONE. Nice try though.

  9. stainlessstill says: May 16, 2013 11:15 AM

    One of the greatest intangibles about football is intimidation and the ability to wear your opponent down. You’re seeing less and less of it but Thomas will bring the NASTY and make wideouts or TE’s think twice into coming to the 3rd level. Dude is a monster and will run through every piece of your bone to get you cemented into the ground, ala Clark. Thomas is more of a bull, lower center of gravity. Hopefully, he will knock some MF’ers out. We’ll take some 15′s if it means not to mess around in our secondary.

  10. kev86 says: May 16, 2013 11:22 AM

    This guy is too small.

  11. jam412 says: May 16, 2013 11:22 AM

    The Steelers haven’t signed anyone else yet because they need to wait for Colon’s 5.5 million to come off of the books in June.

  12. black43gold says: May 16, 2013 11:39 AM

    The order in which we sign our draft picks is irrelevant. You notice no Steeler fans are worried and asking questions about signing our picks… In a couple weeks every pick will be signed as well as a few UDFA’s. Come June 1st we get an additional $5.5 million in cap space from Willie Colon’s release. That alone is enough to sign all our picks, so we have to play the waiting game. Glad you ratbird trolls are concerned about our rookies though.

  13. stillers35 says: May 16, 2013 12:07 PM

    blitzinc43 says:May 16, 2013 10:26 AM

    You found your next Clark, so who’s the next Troy?

    Considering Thomas is much more suited to play strong safety he would be the “next Troy”. If your asking who is the next Polamalu type player don’t hold your breath, he’s one of a kind.

  14. cbass59 says: May 16, 2013 12:25 PM

    What is the Ravens postseason and overall records vs. Pittsburgh?

  15. cheffyglenn says: May 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    Rat birds have nothing better to do. Go watch the NFL film about Ray Lewis. He slips up and admits to the murder than backtracks. Anyone so concerned with their image of being a murderer is guilty. Ravens are full of his kind.

  16. Joemontanaflacco says: May 16, 2013 1:01 PM

    “What is the Ravens postseason and overall records vs. Pittsburgh?”

    Ravens postseason v. Steelers postseason? Which year? How about 2012-13? Ravens won the Superbowl. Steelers had no post season because of their poor regular season record. Want more? How about 2011-12? Ravens went to the AFC Championship. Steelers got Tebowed. Couldn’t win a single playoff game.

  17. crownofthehelmet says: May 16, 2013 1:01 PM

    Well I guess we know who the smartest rookie is.

    hanahmontana says: They start with the 111th pick from the 4th round? Holy Cow! This team really is broke!”

    Ravens first six signings – 4th rdr, 5th, 6th, 6th, 7th, 7th. Nice work genius.

  18. Kolo Jezdec says: May 16, 2013 1:11 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: “Why haven’t the Steelers signed Jones? Bell? Wheaton? If you don’t have the cash, don’t make the picks. Learn from the Ravens. Elam already has his jersey.”
    ________________________________

    Elam may have his jersey, but if he has signed a contract it is a well-kept secret. Most draft picks get a jersey when they report to rookie mini-camp.

    Why haven’t the Ravens signed Elam, Brown, Williams, and Simon (their first 4 picks)? Perhaps because with the new collective bargaining agreement there is no rush to sign?

    Kudos to the Ravens, though, because they have signed 6 of 10 picks to date.

  19. black43gold says: May 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    Glad you understood the question @joemontanaflacco. Really shows well, I mean obviously he meant Ravens record vs everybody not named Pittsburgh.

    Not to be a stickler for details, but just for kicks:
    Steelers are 22-15 vs Ravens overall, and 3-0 in the postseason. Not sure what that means, just facts and numbers… Maybe you can help explain??

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: May 16, 2013 1:17 PM

    crown, my point is that the Ravens have signed most, if not all, their top priority draft picks. Steelers start with a 4th rounder on May 16 because that’s all they can afford. They’re living paycheck to paycheck. Sad, but true.

  21. millikensteeler says: May 16, 2013 2:52 PM

    You’re wrong. They have the cap space via someone they let go and is available in June. Shamarko obviously was a lower round draft pick and was eager to get it done and just play. They selected character guys. This guy especially is going to gravitate right to Ike,Clark etc.

    He is a guided missile and the Steeler fans are going to love him.

    Lets see how well your Ravens who snuck into the playoffs with a 4th and 29 and into the Superbowl with a boneheaded play by the Broncos Db do against us this year shall we? Lets leave the talking for the games and when we sign draft picks for someone in the know.

  22. citizenstrange says: May 16, 2013 3:14 PM

    Never gonna stop, making hits
    That will blow your mind
    Always makes you pay with his hits
    Although he’s undersized
    My my MY Shamarko!.

  23. Nofoolnodrool says: May 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    May 16, 2013 1:17 PM
    crown, my point is that the Ravens have signed most, if not all, their top priority draft picks. Steelers start with a 4th rounder on May 16 because that’s all they can afford. They’re living paycheck to paycheck. Sad, but true.

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    You have no point you are just a posting troll. If you are going to yap be sure you can back it up with facts. Yes, the last two years the Ravens have done well compared to the steelers but don’t forget the…oh wait you just jumped on the bandwagon?

  24. steel2372 says: May 17, 2013 7:33 AM

    Joemontanaflacco :

    Dude you do realize it is just May? You act like the sky just fell because we haven’t signed our draft picks. This would be a big deal if it were August not may. Come on, Man!! Go Steelers!! The shark will be an excellent player for us.

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: May 17, 2013 4:35 PM

    Syracuse lost five games last year. I guess the 8-8 Steelers are looking for that type of production. Wouldn’t be my choice, but I’m not the one running around the Pittsburgh FO grasping at straws.

  26. steel2372 says: May 18, 2013 9:48 PM

    He was a steal in the fourth round for the Steelers. Time will tell if he will be a force. I have a feeling everyone will be reading alot about the shark in a blitzing defense scheme. Perfect fit for Steelers nation.

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