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S Earl Thomas - Seattle Seahawks

5-10, 208Born: 5-7-1989College: TexasDrafted: Round 1, pick 14

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Summary

Thomas has emerged as not only the top FS in the game, but best safety (and arguably, DB), period. He had a career year, setting new highs with 78 solo tackles and 2 FFs, and tying his previous mark with 5 INTs. His play and season arguably merited wider Defensive Player of the Year attention. A DB has to have gaudy stats like Charles Woodson to win an award historically dominated by the front seven, and some of the value that Thomas brings to the Seahawks defense is more subtle and not as statistically tangible (great as his season was). Thomas ran a 4.43 40 at the combine (4.37 at his pro day), which for perspective, is the same as the #1 and #3 WR prospects from the class of '14, Sammy Watkins and Odell Beckham. He has ridiculous suddenness, burst, explosion and acceleration. Couple that with uncanny instincts in the passing game, and you have a serious problem for opposing QBs. His unique skill set at providing single deep coverage and keeping plays in front of him while enabling the CBs to play aggressive press coverage is the linchpin of the Legion of Boom (CB Richard Sherman is fortunate he plays a position for which the top contract comps, justly deserved in his case, has a better pay grade), and the defense as a whole. In other words, the most important player, on the league's best defense. If he stays healthy, his early career is on a Hall of Fame-type vector. (May 26)

FBG Staff Rankings

S Redraft - 9, 3, 11, 12, 14
Overall Redraft - 74, 52, 60
S Dynasty - 7, 3, 14
Overall Dynasty - 64, 50

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2011 SEA 16 69 29 0 1 2 2 6 0
2012 SEA 16 42 24 0 1 1 3 9 1
2013 SEA 16 75 25 0 2 0 5 8 0
2014 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 72 * * * * * * *
2014 PROJ-Norton 16 73 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Seahawks | Several could be options for punt return job (Mon Jul 14, 04:59 PM) - Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas is considered the leading candidate for the punt return job, but WR Doug Baldwin, WR Paul Richardson, WR Bryan Walters and CB Richard Sherman may also compete for the job during training camp.

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