Michael Pina is a writer for ESPN’s TrueHoop Network. He also writes for ScoreBig. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelVPina.
Twenty four year old NFL players aren’t supposed to dominate their position. It’s a league of instinct, talent, and athleticism, which are all things any 24-year-old in the league should have access to. But consistent, overreaching success is more commonly regulated by different aspects within the game, such as timing, knowledge, and experience. Years of mistakes, repetition, and adjustments eventually lead to molded intuition, which then separates the great from the very good.
One week before Texas safety Earl Thomas was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 14th overall pick in 2010, former NFL safety and current NFL Network game and draft analyst Mike Mayock had this to say:
"I think he's what the league is all about today. To me, he should be a top 15 pick. He probably won't be, but he should be. He's the most instincti...