A new series was formed several weeks ago called The Future 40, and the next edition is here! The segment has and will continue to run every other day until late April as we provide you with in-depth scouting reports of some 2010 NFL Draft prospects, giving you information key to understanding some of the players’ strengths, weaknesses, projected round of selection, possibility of being picked by the Eagles, and much more! And because the Draft is an important event for the entire league, some of the top-ranked players not expected to go to Philadelphia will also be reported on. This time, we will stay on the defensive side of the ball and look at Earl Thomas, who was requested to be covered by one of our fans:
Summary: There aren’t many players that can be named that have made it as far as Thomas has in a short amount of time. The highly-touted Safety out of Texas is only 20 years of age, but is among the top-ranked defensive backs in the Draft. After a trio of starting seasons at West Orange-Stark High School as a Running Back, Cornerback, and Wide Receiver, he was recruited to the Longhorns as a “project” defender. Because of his smaller frame, there wasn’t a ton of confidence that he would become a solid defensive leader in the NCAA, but he sure did in only a few seasons. After being slapped with the redshirt tag in his freshman campaign and therefore not participating in any games, he immediately made an impact on the team in 2008. The 1st-string Strong Safety in all of Texas’ 13 games, Thomas notched an impressive 72 tackles, and also recorded a pair of interceptions and a blocked kick. He was rewarded various awards and his eye-popping first-year performances made the staff sure that he would be a starter in the following season. Indeed he was, and both his leadership skills and statistical achievements improved. Among the team leaders with 63 tackles, Thomas forced a fumble, intercepted 8 passes, and also scored 2 defensive touchdowns. More awards were showered upon the Safety, and his potential to play in the National Football League exploded in a positive way.
Projected Round of Selection: 1st round
NFL Player Comparison: Reggie Nelson, Jacksonville Jaguars
We hope that everyone enjoyed the twelfth report for The Future 40 prospect segment, and urge you to keep checking back for more scouting analysis as the series continues all the way up until the Draft! Also, remember that we will happily take and consider requests from our fans for this series!
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