Earl Thomas with our #1 pick!

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by RollTide, Mar 7, 2010.

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  1. RollTide

    RollTide All-Pro


    Total bullcrap a lot of coaches are looking at him as a CB prospect. NFL draft scout ranks him only as a CB and they have him #2 there.

    I think Thomas is highly coveted as a safety because athletic cover safeties are so in need in today's NFL. He has proven he can handle WRs in the slot and can run with most anyone.

    He would be the one of the least risky DB picks because he can play in the NFL at 3 DB positions. CB-NB-Safety.
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  2. Soxcat

    Soxcat Starter

    Actually your memory apparently isn't very good. Griffin didn't suck at CB. When the Titans drafted Griff it was still up in the air who our starting CBs would be. Finny was our NB and had not proved himself as a starter yet. Harper was the other guy. Basically Griffin didn't beat out Finny and Harper mainly because Harper was still decent and was a proven vet and Finny played lights out in the pre-season. We also had a huge crap hole at S at the time and fans like myself were screaming to move Griff into that hole (or maybe you don't remember Calvin Lowry and his predecessor LaMont Thompson). Griffin certainly wasn't polished yet as a CB and he obviously wasn't better than the guys we had at that point.

    You might try and remember as well how many draft gurus were touting Griffin as an NFL CB coming out. Griffin wasn't getting anything like the love Thomas gets as a potential NFL CB. It was actually very surprising to many of us fans when Griff wasn't inserted into an obvious spot on the defense from day one. You talk about Fisher making a change like Fisher knew what the hell he was doing. Fact is Fisher messed up but for different reasons. Not because Griff sucked as a CB (I still think he could play there) but because Finny was far better than expected and we had crap at S.

    If Thomas was brought in as a CB, played there from day one and we continued to play the scheme we have played for years I see no reason he wouldn't be at minimum a solid player and potentially a very good one. He could always move back to FS later in his career. Moving a college FS to CB isn't exactly something new. It actually happens fairly often.
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  3. Gut

    Gut Pro Bowler


    Which tools do Hayden and Wilson have that Thomas does not?

    Are Haden and Wilson capable of being very good NFL starting corners?

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  4. Soxcat

    Soxcat Starter

    Gloat's argument would hold far more weight if he were to argue if we really want a CB we should take Haden or Wilson as opposed to saying just because Thomas is a college S he can't possibly play CB.

    The argument could/should be what Thomas has that Haden or Wilson don't to justify taking Thomas over one of them as a CB.
  5. xpmar9x

    xpmar9x The Real Slim Shady

    Earl Thomas visited the Titans, just saying.... (but what Longhorn doesn't)
  6. 24

    24 Starter

    If JPP and Morgan are gone, I think we go with Earl Thomas (if he's there). I just don't see us going after Graham, considering how much emphasis we put on defending the run. I like Graham as much as the next guy, but he doesn't seem to fit the Fisher/Washburn mold.
  7. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne #CoachKegstand

    The tools that made their coach believe they could cover.

    And then the tools to prove to the nation that they could play corner.

    The tools Earl Thomas hasn't shown.
  8. Austin_Bill

    Austin_Bill Camp Fodder


    Again when you have 3 guys at the corner spot with with NFL ability, you try to find a starting spot for all 3. Aaron Williams, and Chykie Brown will both be high NFL draft picks along with Curtis Brown. That is 3 cover corners with NFL ability. Now if you have that kind of depth and have one guy that is more versatle than others you move the more versatile one to safety.

    At probably every other school in the country Thomas probably would have stayed at corner, but Texas is fast becoming DB U for the NFL. That means we seem to always have a wealth of NFL talent and sometimes it's hard to find a place for them all.
  9. Soxcat

    Soxcat Starter

    You are making the ridiculous assumption that coaches automatically put the best cover guys at Cb and the worst at S. Especially in HS and college you will see the best defender playing S so he can be in the middle of the field where he can make more plays and the offense can't throw away from him. The point being that Texas thought the defense was better with Thomas were he was.

    The same happened in Tennessee with Berry. Or are you going to use the same lame argument to try and prove Berry wasn't good enough to start at CB for Tennessee? No, they had good players they could put in at CB and they had a great player who could cover the whole field making plays at S. By the way Berry could be a stud Cb in the NFL.

    By the way Finnigan was used at S in college for the same reason. It made the whole defense better.

    You haven't made much of an argument at all IMO. Your whole basis for saying Thomas isn't a CB is because he didn't play there in college so that proves what? That the coaches tried him out at Cb and he sucked so bad they moved him to S. Are you serious?
  10. Big Time Titan

    Big Time Titan Big Time Titan

    You make some great points SoxCat, I gotta agree with you.
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