Shamarko Thomas, The Next Great Pittsburgh Steelers Safety?

The biggest knock on S Shamarko Thomas is his height and concussions, which are the prominent reasons he fell to the 4th round and pick 111 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.  Analytics and data modeling can measure the likelihood of height affecting success considering all the other data points, and studying film on Dahon Goldson’s tackling technique (see Bobby Hosea’s helmet free tackling technique) would be critical in reducing concussions.

What Shamarko Thomas lacks with height, he makes up in every other area with his physical measures.  He led his team in tackles as a safety, thus a further verification of the physical metrics and range on the field.  He has the versatility to play either Free Safety or Strong Safety, and his background also suggests qualitative measures of leadership and determination for success.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a good habit of developing players internally.  Thomas will likely have a year or two of seasoning before taking the reigns, but when he does, he is expected to excel.


  1. […] Steelers Strong Safety Shamarko Thomas led the team in tackles, providing 4 solo tackles and 2 assists. He also forced a fumble that led […]

  2. […] Pittsburgh Steelers Strong Safety Shamarko Thomas continued to excel, adding 2 tackles on defense with another on special teams, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup. His time will come. […]