Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas underwent left shoulder surgery on Tuesday, but is expected to recover in time for the 2015 season opener, according to NFL Network Ian Rapoport.
Thomas, 25, tore his labrum — a ring of fibrocartilage around the edge of the joint surface — in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers, which caused his shoulder to dislocate. He played the rest of the game with a shoulder harness and did the same in the Super Bowl, finishing with eight tackles against the New England Patriots.
While this isn’t his worst time, it is the worst one since he ran a 6.18 in 2011, posting a 6.03 or better the past three years.
Eisen has been running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine since 2005, when Terrell Davis challenged him to compete in the event. He’s generally shown steady improvement over the past 10 years, putting up his worst time of 6.77 seconds in 2005 and not getting near that number again over the years. In 2014, he set his best time at 5.98 seconds, the first time he’d made it under the six-second mark.
McShay dropped Missouri’s Shane Ray on his big board after his subpar performance in Indianapolis. He had disappointing results in the bench press (21 reps) and weighed in at just 246 pounds, causing concern about his lack of strength and power. The Falcons, however, will take all the pass-rushing help they can get, and Ray is probably the best edge rusher available at this point in the draft.
The Bears clearly need to upgrade their defense, which ranked 30th in yards allowed and 31st in points allowed. The massive nose tackle has the potential to be the centerpiece of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s new 3-4 defense. The 339-pounder is a huge space-eater in the trenches, and has proven to be both stout against the run and an above-average interior pass rusher.