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Despite an epic fall after one of his 40-yard-dash runs, Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas obliterated the board and stood out at the NFL Combine.
He had an even better Tuesday.
In the 40-yard dash, he ran a 4.42, the best time of any safety at the combine.
His 40.5 vertical leap tied him for the best-overall in safeties with LSU's Eric Reid.
His broad jump leap measured 11 feet, one inch, making him one of three safeties to pass the eleven-foot mark. He finished a mere inch behind the two leaders.
Thomas came into the combine as a potential late-round selection but he might have "skilled" his way into locking that down.
According to NFL.com, NFL Scouts are impressed with Thomas’ blitzing skills off the edge and his ability to change direction in order to make a play. The hard-hitting, speedy safety does lack the height of a typical NFL defensive back, but his skill-set makes him a potential starter for an NFL team.
The only downside to the day? His epic trip and fall at the end of his second 40-run:
Note to self: run 41-yard routes on Shamarko Thomas— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) February 26, 2013