Former Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 111th pick of the 2013 NFL draft. The Steelers traded their 2014 third round pick to the Cleveland Browns to draft Thomas.
Thomas was selected right after former SU quarterback Ryan Nassib was taken with the 110th pick by the New York Giants. It is the first time in Orange history that two players have gone back-to-back in the draft.
“Hardnosed kid heading to a hardnosed town,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said on Twitter.
Thomas was a 2012 All-Big East First Team selection and ranks fifth in Syracuse history for tackles by a defensive back (263). He also led the Orange defense with 88 tackles and posted a career-high 14 tackles against Cincinnati in the 2012 season.
Thomas and Syracuse finished with an 8-5 (5-2 Big East) record overall, as SU won 38-14 over West Virginia in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.