Weight: 213 pounds
Drafted By: Pittsburgh Steelers (4th round, 111th overall)
40 Yard Dash: 4.37
Bench Press: 28
Vertical Jump: 40.5″
Broad Jump: 133″
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.26
Career Highlights (via Syracuse athletics site)
At SU: Four letters … Ranks sixth in Syracuse history for tackles by a defensive back with 263 … 2012 ‘Cuse Award Syracuse Eight Award of Courage winner.
Senior Year (2012): Played in all 13 games, including 13 starts..Team co-captain … All-BIG EAST First Team selection … 2012 ESPN.com All-BIG EAST selection … ECAC Division I All-Star … Ranked fifth in forced fumbles (0.23 avg/g) in the BIG EAST … Started all 13 games … Against Northwestern, tallied two tackles, including a sack for a loss of six yards, and forced a fumble … Against USC, recorded seven tackles, including six solo and one tackle for a loss of one yard, and recorded his first career interception … Against Stony Brook, notched six tackles, including two solo… At Minnesota, recorded a season-high nine tackles, including six solo tackles … Against Pittsburgh, tied his season-high nine tackles which included seven solo tackles and one for a loss of one yard … At Rutgers, tallied six tackles, including two solo … Against Connecticut, he earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his effort, which included four solo tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception, which he returned 27 yards … At South Florida, notched a team-high nine tackles, including six solo, and recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown … At Cincinnati, earned spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his career-high 14 tackles, including 10 solo, and forced a fumble … Against Louisville, recorded six solo tackles … At Missouri, he recorded six tackles, including four solo … At Temple, he had six tackles, including five solo … At the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against WVU, he notched four tackles, including two solo and 0.5 for a loss of one yard.
Junior Year (2011): Started all 10 games he played … Against Wake Forest, had 10 tackles, including five solo… Against Rhode Island, collected six tackles, including five solo and 1.0 for a loss of one yard … At USC, made seven tackles, including four solo … Did not play against Toledo and Rutgers due to injury … At Tulane, recorded four tackles and had one pass break up … Against West Virginia, recorded five tackles, including four … At Louisville, had eight tackles, including six solo … At Connecticut, made seven tackles, including four solo … Against South Florida, posted six tackles, including four solo … Against Cincinnati, made six tackles, including five solo and one for a two-yard loss … At Pittsburgh, had eight tackles, including seven solo.
Sophomore Year (2010): Played in all 13 games … At Akron, had five tackles and broke up one pass … At Washington, had two solo tackles, recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup … Against Maine, made five tackles … Against Colgate, tallied six tackles, including an assisted tackle for loss . … At South Florida, had six tackles, including four solo stops and a sack for a loss of 11 yards … Against Pittsburgh, had four total tackles … At West Virginia, had seven tackles, including two half-sacks for a loss of eight yards, the second one on the final play of the game … At Cincinnati, registered a tackle … Against Louisville, made four tackles … Against Connecticut, made six tackles … Against Boston College, posted a career-best 12 tackles, including seven solo stops…Against Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, recorded four tackles, including one tackle for loss.
Freshman Year (2009): ESPN.com All-BIG EAST Freshman Team selection … Played in all 12 games, including seven starts, at linebacker, cornerback and safety … Against Minnesota, recorded three tackles, including two solo … At Penn State, had a solo tackle … Against Northwestern, posted seven solo tackles, had a pass breakup and recovered first career fumble … Against Maine, had two tackles … Against South Florida, posted a solo tackle … Against West Virginia, had four tackles, including 1.5 for a loss of yards, and forced a fumble … Against Akron, posted three tackles, including one for a loss … Against Cincinnati, had four tackles, including one for a loss of yards … At Pittsburgh, tallied three tackles and a quarterback hurry … At Louisville, had five tackles, including four solo … Against Rutgers, recorded three tackles, including 1.5 for a loss of yards and one sack, and had one quarterback hurry … At Connecticut, had five tackles, including one for a loss of yards.
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Scouting Report/Player Notes
When I see Shamarko Thomas play, I see a head hunter. I get a little Bob Sanders vibe out of the All-Big East first team performer from a year ago. Thomas is built like a bullet, short and compact but big and strong. At 5’9″ 213 pounds, he threw up 28 reps on the bench press at the scouting combine, and followed it up with a 4.37 in the 40 yard dash. He has freakish speed and athletic ability, and the college production to go along with it. I think in the NFL, he could be a stud strong safety as well as cover the slot in the passing game. His physicality and quickness will allow him to be successful at a variety of positions in the NFL. Always looking to deliver a big hit, and has phenomenal closing speed. I see this guy as a near-lock for a day two selection, and I think he could be a week one starter as a rookie.
Video Highlights (via YouTube)