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Friday Round-Up: NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks Reviews The Best DBs He’s Scouted
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Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Friday, July 14 — about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
Bucky Brooks Reviews The Best DBs He’s Scouted
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks looked through his old scouting report notes and reviewed his top defensive back prospects dating back to 2001, when he began his career as a scout.
After his playing career was over in 1999, Brooks started his career as a regional college scout for the Seahawks before occupying the same role with the Carolina Panthers from 2003 to 2007.
When looking at the best DBs he’s personally scouted, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who Seattle drafted 14th overall in 2010, checked in on Brooks’ list at No. 7. Here’s what he had to say about Thomas as a prospect and why he made the list:
Before the electric centerfielder patrolled the middle of the field for the "Legion of Boom", Thomas was a playmaking safety with outstanding ball skills and instincts. The 5-foot-10, 208-pounder snagged 10 career interceptions in two seasons, including eight picks during a remarkable redshirt sophomore season that showcased his ballhawking skills. In addition, Thomas flashed impressive closing speed and reaction skills as a run defender from the deep middle. Despite his small stature, he threw his body around and was a solid run defender.
As a pro, Thomas has been exactly what he flashed as a collegian. He's one of the best ballhawks in the game and a perennial Pro Bowl selection based on his ability to close down the middle of the field as a centerfielder. With Thomas also adding some "thump" to the "LOB" as a run-through hitter, the Texas standout is unquestionably one of the best defensive backs I've graded in recent years. Read
Tweet Of The Day
Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from Sportstars athlete management, who wished Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane a happy birthday:
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