Shamarko Thomas is first Steelers draft pick to sign

Posted by Josh Alper on May 16, 2013

The Steelers have joined the list of teams with draft picks under contract.

The teamís communications coordinator Burt Lauten announced Thursday that the team has reached agreement on a contract with fourth-round pick Shamarko Thomas. The former Syracuse safety was the 111th overall pick in last monthís draft.

Thomas made a name for himself as a hitter while in college and profiles as the Steelersí third safety behind Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu as a rookie. At a shade under 5-foot-9, there are some questions about whether his height will be a liability in the NFL. Clark takes a differing view, saying recently that he thinks the Steelers got a steal in the fourth round because teams were overly concerned with Thomasí size.

With Thomas in the fold, the Steelers have eight draft picks left to sign.