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‘Cuse’s Thomas has top 40 time among safeties

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2013 – 1:59 pm

The top two safeties in the draft class this year are considered to be Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro and Florida’s Matt Elam, but at the NFL Combine Tuesday, the final day of testing, Syracuse’s Shamarko Thomas had the fastest 40.

Thomas clocked a 4.42, which would be very good for a cornerback, let alone a safety.

Florida S Matt Elam was considered one of the top two safeties in this draft class behind only Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro had him beat in the vertical (38″ to 35.5″) and the broad jump (10’1″ to 9’8″), but Elam had two more reps than Vaccaro on the bench (17 to 15) and was almost a 10th of a second faster in the 40 (4.54 to 4.63). Whether that changes things is unlikely.

Elam is widely seen as a late first or early second round pick. Vaccaro is projected as a mid-first rounder. Elam didn’t blaze in the 40, but his 4.54 time was better in what is considered a strong class of centerfielders.

Here are the top 10 safety 40 times.

Sharmarko Thomas – Syracuse – 4.42
Earl Wolff – N.C. State – 4.44
Eric Reid – LSU – 4.53
Matt Elam – Florida  – 4.54
Keelan Johnson – Arizona St. – 4.54
Micah Hyde – Iowa – 4.56
J.J. Wilcox – Georgia Southern – 4.57
Josh Evans – Florida – 4.58
T.J. McDonald – USC – 4.59
Rontez Miles – California (PA) – 4.62

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