A talented player that may fall or push another talented player down to us.
December 9, 2009
Olin Buchanan and Steve Megargee
Rivals.com College Football Staff
ORLANDO, Fla. - Texas
safety Earl Thomas
, a third-year sophomore, acknowledged Wednesday night that if he knew he would be a first-round choice, he would enter the NFL draft in April.
"I'll have to weigh my options to see what happens," Thomas said.
Thomas was at Disney's Wide World of Sports for Thursday night's annual College Football Awards Show. He's a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the nation's premier defensive back. Tennessee
safety Eric Berry
cornerback Joe Haden
are the other finalists.
When asked if he'd enter the draft if he felt he'd be a first-round pick, Thomas said he would. First-round picks earn seven-figure salaries, and Thomas said he couldn't pass up that much money.
"I've never seen that kind of money," he said. "Nobody from my family has ever seen it. I'm definitely not going to turn it down."
Thomas, a first team All-Big 12 selection, has eight interceptions and has returned two of them for touchdowns. He has the speed and athletic ability to play cornerback as well as safety.
Players are eligible to enter the NFL draft three years after their graduating high school class.
Thomas also said he wouldn't dwell on the subject until after Texas plays Alabama
for the national championship on Jan. 8.
Texas sophomore Earl Thomas is considering entering the NFL draft.