While No. 6 would appear to be a bit high to draft Earl Thomas, the ball-hawking safety from Texas, but there are trade-down options with not only Buffalo but other squads to land Thomas anywhere from No. 9 to No. 16. Earl won’t get past the two 49ers selections at No. 13 and No. 17.
This team needs a total overhaul in our secondary; cutting Deon Grant was the first maneuver and grabbing a free safety would be the second maneuver.
Earl had 8 picks last year and took two back to the house in the pass-happy Big 12.
While some consider Thomas to be too small, he has the versatility to ball-hawk the secondary and play a WR in the slot which makes him an excellent choice for our defense and overrides height concerns.
Thomas checked into the combine at a shade over 5’10’’ but at a robust 208 lbs. Earl showed his strength by benching 225 at 21 reps and his arms were still over 31” long.
Earl also flashed some speed in the 40 with a nice 4.44 and was fluid in the drills.
Combines are nice but turn on games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska or Kansas and you’ll know why he’d be a nice fit in our secondary if we don't choose Berry.