Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 4/111 - Shamarko Thomas, S, 5-9, 217, Syracuse...Desperate for safeties after losing backups Will Allen and Ryan Mundy as free agents and with aging Troy Polamalu, 32, and Ryan Clark, 34. Only thing holding him back is his height and history of concussions. The Steelers traded their 2014 third-round pick to the Browns to take him. - The Sports Xchange
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11/26/13 - S Shamarko Thomas (ankle), who missed the past two games, went through a full practice Tuesday.
11/11/13 - S Shamarko Thomas has a severe ankle injury that was being tested and his status is unknown.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 4/111 - Shamarko Thomas, S, 5-9, 217, Syracuse...Desperate for safeties after losing backups Will Allen and Ryan Mundy as free agents and with aging Troy Polamalu, 32, and Ryan Clark, 34. Only thing holding him back is his height and history of concussions. The Steelers traded their 2014 third-round pick to the Browns to take him. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Steelers traded their third-round pick in the 2014 draft to Cleveland for the Browns' fourth-round pick this year (which they then used to draft safety Shamarko Thomas). It's the first time in 40 years the Steelers traded away a future draft pick and the first time in 45 years they've made a trade with the Browns, their longtime rivals. In 1967, the Steelers traded picks in the third and 10th round in 1968 to Cleveland for tackle John Brown. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Browns traded their fourth-round pick, No. 111, to the Steelers for Pittsburgh's third-round pick in 2014. The Steelers used the pick on strong safety Shamarko Thomas from Syracuse. Next, the Browns traded their fifth-round choice, pick 139, to the Colts for Indianapolis' fourth-round choice next year. The Browns now have nine picks in 2014 - five more than they ended up making this year. The Colts took defensive tackle Montori Hughes from Tennessee-Martin.
The last time the Browns traded with the Steelers was in 1968 when they sent quarterback Dick Shiner to Pittsburgh for quarterback Bill Nelsen. It might not be the last trade between the division rivals. "I know where this is going to lead, but I prefer trading within the division," CEO Joe Banner said. "You don't make a trade you don't think you're winning, so if you're winning a trade within your own division, you're even better than winning a trade in another division. Obviously that can burn you from time to time." - The Sports Xchange
03/16/13 - 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
02/20/13 - 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
12/29/12 - 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
12/10/12 - 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
11/05/12 - WEEK 10 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Shamarko Thomas, Sr., S, Syracuse, Virginia Beach, Va.,...Had a career-high 14 tackles with a forced fumble in a 35-24 loss at Cincinnati. - BIG EAST football