Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/18/13
At the time, Earl Thomas was the next great safety to come out of the University of Texas and he didn’t disappoint. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and is arguably their best player on a roster loaded with talent. He is the shortest member (5’10, 202) of the tallest secondary in the NFL, but his play is far from short. A Pro-Bowl selection in 2011 and 2012, Thomas is quickly entering the conversation as the best safety in the NFL. His ability to play the single high position and effectively cover the deep end of the field with his speed gives the Seahawks may options in playing multiple coverage packages. Going into his fourth year, coach Pete Carroll feel Thomas is on the verge of greatness. “There’s no end to the potential Earl has because he’s so fast and he’s so tough, but more than that, he’s just so driven to be great. He’s just driven to be a great player,” Carroll said, via Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN. “He’s really just kind of hitting it now. He’s just getting going.” "Earl is as good as any of the guys I've ever coached," Carroll said. O’Neil writes: ‘Thomas was the second player drafted by general manager John Schneider, someone Seattle didn't think it would ever get the chance to choose with the 14th overall pick in 2010. Not after the Philadelphia Eagles vaulted up the draft order, trading into the 13th spot. Schneider was so certain the Eagles were selecting Thomas to replace the departing Brian Dawkins that Schneider had a trade worked out to move back from No. 14 if Thomas were gone. But after the Eagles chose pass rusher Brandon Graham out of Michigan, the Seahawks picked Thomas, one of the youngest players in the draft and someone who had played just two seasons at Texas.’
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