Steelers' Day 3 NFL Draft Bio Capsules
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
A look at the NFL Draft picks made by the Steelers on the final day:
Pick: 4th round (111th overall)
Height/weight: 5-9, 217
Speed: 4.42 40-yard dash (Combine)
Odds and Ends: Thomas started 39 of 48 games at strong safety, posting 263 tackles, 16.5 stops for losses, four sacks and two interceptions. … Ranks sixth in Syracuse history in tackles. … Had 62 tackles as a senior. … Was named All-Big East first-team safety as a senior. … Compared to Bob Sanders. … Draft expert Mike Mayock calls him a human missile. … Covered USC receiver Robert Woods, a second-round draft choice of the Bills, a lot during a September game last year despite being a safety. Woods caught two touchdown passes but neither came against Thomas. … Lost his mother and father within a nine-month span during his sophomore year forcing him to be the head of a family that includes four younger brothers and a younger sister.
Pick: 4th round (115th)
Height/weight: 6-3, 231
Speed: 5.11 40-yard dash (Combine)
Odds and Ends: Started every game except for three his freshman year at Oklahoma. … Threw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his last four seasons. … Threw for 16,646 yards, 123 touchdowns and 52 interceptions in his career. … Was named All-Big 12 second team by AP and honorable mention by coaches ... Is the Big 12's all-time leader in passing yards and total offense (16,271) ... Ranked fifth in the nation in passing yards and passing yards per game and threw for at least 300 yards in six of the last eight games as a senior. … Married to former Oklahoma basketball player Whitney Hand, who played with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's sister, Carlee, at Oklahoma. … Was named after former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.
Pick: 5th round (150th)
Height/weight: 6-0, 190
Speed: 4.44 40-yard dash (Combine)
Odds and Ends: Was honorable mention All-Big Ten during his junior and senior seasons. … Made 26 career starts, posting 163 tackles. … Helped Illinois win back-to-back bowl games in 2010-11. … Was named defensive MVP of the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. … Led the team with seven passes defended, including one interception. … Anchored a 2011 Illini defense that ranked seventh in total defense and third in pass defense in the nation. … Returned 12 kicks for 255 yards as a senior.
Pick: 6th round (186th)
Position: Wide receiver
Height/weight: 6-3, 209
Speed: 4.59 40-yard dash (Pro Day)
Odds and Ends: Transferred from Penn State after his junior season. … Started 26 consecutive games with the Nittany Lions. … Started all 13 games at wide receiver in his only season at Oklahoma ... Was named All-Big 12 honorable mention as a wide receiver and return man by coaches ... Led Oklahoma in punt returns and punt return yards while ranking second on the team in all-purpose yards (1,121), receptions (73), receiving yards (879) and receiving touchdowns (5) ... Tied a school record with 15 catches and set a career high with 146 yards against Oklahoma State. … His brother, Jeremiah Brown, played football at California (Pa.).
Pick: 6th round (206th)
School: Florida State
Height/weight: 6-1, 250
Speed: 4.76 40-yard dash (Pro Day)
Odds and Ends: Started 14 games at middle linebacker. … Finished with 59 tackles and one sack. … Was All-ACC honorable mention. … Battle a back injury his entire sophomore season before returning to practice near the end of the season. … Wasn't a three-down linebacker at Florida State. … Helped Florida State's defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), second in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game).
Pick: 7th round (223rd)
Position: Defensive end
Height/weight: 6-4, 309
Speed: 4.94 40-yard dash (Combine)
Odds and Ends: Williams only played one year of high school football. In his lone season, his senior year, Williams played both offensive and defensive line … Recorded 25 tackles, two interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown), one fumble recovery, and knocked down two passes. … Due to only playing one season, he was lightly recruited. Williams chose Samford for its close proximity to his home. … Started only 11 games at Samford. … Had 31 tackles and six sacks his senior year. … Defensive line coach John Mitchell said that Williams is a “project.”
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