2017 NFL Draft

Shamarko Thomas, SS

School: Syracuse  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 213 lbs.
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03/16/2013 - 2013 Syracuse Pro Day: Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at Syracuse's pro day on March 7, where nine players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf. Shamarko Thomas, SS (5-9, 214) - Thomas kept his numbers from the combine, with the exception of the three-cone drill (6.84 seconds). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Although he doesn't have ideal size for the position, Syracuse's Shamarko Thomas is one of the top physical specimens in this class, with estimated 4.3 speed. He is a regular in the weight room and, while he has a smaller frame, he has maxed it out with muscle and bulk. Thomas won't be as highly drafted as Vaccaro, but he should record better numbers in Indy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/29/2012 - Scouting the Syracuse pass defense: The Orange have been up-and-down in the secondary, but Shamarko Thomas is having a big year and leads the team in tackles. Keon Lyn leads Syracuse in interceptions, though he's also given up more than his fair share of big plays. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse, Sr., Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Thomas has started all 12 games at safety and he is the Orange's top tackler with 84 stops. He also leads the team with three forced fumbles and has two interceptions on the year. For his career, Thomas is sixth among Orange defensive backs with 259 total tackles. - Syracuse football

10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Shamarko Thomas, Sr., S, Syracuse, Virginia Beach, Va.,...Had four tackles, a forced fumble and a 27-yard interception return in a 40-10 win against Connecticut. - BIG EAST football

09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Syracuse's secondary will face its biggest challenge of the season against USC quarterback Matt Barkley, a Heisman Trophy favorite whose top wide receiver, Robert Woods, is one of his top challengers for that honor. In addition, Marqise Lee is one of the best No. 2 wideouts in the country. The Orange defensive backs have their work cut out for them this week. PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Shamarko Thomas is the leader of a secondary that's probably the weak link in the Orange defense. He's an excellent tackler, but he's going to have to be on top of his game to keep big plays from dooming Syracuse's chances at the upset. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - In a game filled with big plays, Syracuse couldn't make the most of their chances and gave up too many of their own in a crushing 42-41 loss to Northwestern in the 2012 opener. The Orange came back from 22 down to take a six-point lead with 2:40 to go, but it took Northwestern less than two minutes to get the go-ahead score. What would have been a huge victory turned into a heartbreaking loss, and for the Orange there's nothing to do but shake it off and hope for better luck this week. "We will take it and use it as motivation," senior safety Shamrko Thomas said. "We had a little setbacks, mess-ups, and plays. We just need to go to the field and get back to practicing, working on the small things that made us lose today." Perhaps the most critical aspect that helped Syracuse lose was the special teams. It gave up an 82-yard punt return for one touchdown and 52-yarder to set up another, missed a 44-yard field goal, and got outgained 232-102 on kick returns. Doug Marrone can't even blame his staff for this one; he's the special teams coach as well as the head coach. "I fortunately haven't been part of teams that have been down by 20-something points and didn't fight back. Does anybody in this room expect us not to fight back?" Marrone said. "I don't think any of you guys expect us not to fight back because you've seen it before in this team. It's a credit to the team. It's a credit to this community. That's why those kids fight out there. They fight for themselves. They fight for the community. They fight for the University. They fight for the alumni. They fight for everyone else." - The Sports Xchange

08/01/2012 - Shamarko Thomas said he wasn't seriously considering the NFL last fall when he had Syracuse University contact the league's scouting service to get an idea of his value in the April draft. The strong safety, who will likely be a key player in the Orange defensive secondary this season, did test the waters. But he decided to return to SU for his senior year. On Tuesday, at the annual Big East football media day gathering, Thomas pronounced himself dialed in and ready for a strong season. "I was just looking around to see what's up," Thomas said. "I just wanted to see my (NFL) grade. I was coming back." Players are allowed, after their junior season, to get an evaluation from the NFL to help them decide whether to leave school early and enter the draft. They don't give up any NCAA eligibility unless they hire an agent and enter the draft. With another would-be senior, free safety Phillip Thomas, gone from the defensive backfield this year after entering the draft and later signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, the loss of Shamarko Thomas had the potential to be a huge blow to a secondary on a defense that struggled in 2011. - Nolan Weidner, The Post-Standard

08/01/2012 - The native of Virginia Beach, Va., was the team's third-leading tackler in 2011, credited with 67 stops (47 solo). Only Phillip Thomas (82 tackles) and redshirt senior linebacker Dan Vaughan (72) made more tackles than Shamarko Thomas. "I wanted to be in Syracuse. I want to win games," he said. "I want to be somebody that everybody can remember." Thomas had a tough 2011. After losing his father in 2010, Thomas' mother, Ebeth Shabazz, died in April of 2011. She left Shamarko, and four younger brothers and a sister. While battling injury issues, Thomas also struggled with losing his mother and felt responsibility to his younger siblings in Virginia Beach. He missed two games last fall with a hamstring injury. Thomas said his NFL inquiry had nothing to do with taking care of his siblings, though he hopes to do so in the future. A grandmother now has the children, the oldest of which is a brother, 17, who is following Shamarko's footsteps on the football field. Thomas said he doesn't get to see them enough. "It's kind of hard, but when I do get a chance I spend all of my time with them. It's a blessing," he said. "They're my kids now." - Nolan Weidner, The Post-Standard

07/02/2012 - Top-five Syracuse prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. SS Shamarko Thomas (5-10, 210)...After last season, Syracuse had three underclassmen defenders who considered entering the NFL Draft early. Defensive end Chandler Jones and free safety Phillip Thomas decided to go pro, but Thomas will return to Syracuse in 2012 for his senior season. The versatile defender has 25 career starts under his belt with playing time at linebacker, cornerback and safety. After initially committing to Louisville out of high school, Thomas changed his decision and enrolled at Syracuse. He started 15 games over his first two seasons and was moved all over the defense, totaling 108 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Thomas settled in at strong safety in 2011 as a junior and finished third on the team with 67 tackles, adding three tackles for loss. He plays the game with reckless abandonment and loves to throw his body around on the field, seeking big hits against the ballcarrier. Thomas plays too aggressive and too often bites on fakes, finding himself constantly playing from behind. A willing and tough run defender, he has a future at the next level if he can stay loose and disciplined with his coverage responsibilities. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/09/2012 - Ocean Lakes coach Chris Scott on Syracuse defensive back Shamarko Thomas: "My first year as head football coach, I took him to a Nike National camp and they had the medicine ball throw where you get on your knees and throw it. They had it measured off where they thought people would throw it and he threw it outside the allotted area by 10 or 15 feet. And the guy who was running the event said, ???That's crazy,' because the biggest lineman who was 6-foot-5 and 300 some odd pounds didn't even get half the distance that he did. That just shows you at that point in time the freakiness of what he's capable of doing. "You talk about freakish deals he ran two sub-4.3 40s for NFL scouts recently. And one of them made him run it again and he ran 4.259.' Scott said all three athletes could go in the 2013 NFL Draft. He added there was one athlete not mentioned in Feldman's list who could one day be there in Ocean Lakes senior Eli Harold who will play for Virginia in the fall. "He's right in the mix with those guys," Scott said Not surprising Harold, Davis and Hunter are all cousins. - Larry Rubama, The Virginian-Pilot


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