The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed their very first rookie from the 2013 NFL Draft. The Steelers signed fourth round pick Safety Shamarko Thomas, from Sryacuse. Thomas has impressed Steelers’ coaches quickly. Defensive backs coach Carnell Lake said that if Thomas was just two inches taller, then he would have been a first round selection.
He became a big time hitter in college and a big time play-maker. Not to mention his tackling ability alone (88 tackles in senior year). “Not only can he play safety, but he can also get up there and play man-to-man on the slot receiver,” said Lake.
Thomas signed a four year contract for a reported $2.7 million with a bonus of a little more than $450,000.
In the post draft press conference, general manager Kevin Colbert said that the team was looking into drafting Thomas in the third round but instead drafted Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton. The front office decided that the team will trade for Thomas in the fourth round. So the Steelers gave away their 2014 third round pick to the Cleveland Browns for their pick in the fourth. Thomas is now a Steeler through the 2016 season.