With the 25th pick in the seventh round of this year’s NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected Harding defensive end/linebacker Ty Powell – on what just happened to be his 25th birthday.
That move was significant for another reason, as well. Powell is older than free safety Earl Thomas, whose 24th birthday just happens to be today.
Think about that for a moment. The just-turned-24 Thomas has been in the league for three seasons, all as a starter on an increasingly better Seahawks defense that has jumped from ranking 27th in the league in 2010 to ninth in 2011 to fourth last season. And he’s also played in the Pro Bowl twice and been voted All-Pro once.
How does this happen? Thomas wasn’t quite 21 when the Seahawks selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft because he left the University of Texas after his redshirt-sophomore season.
For all that you’ve already done, and all that is yet to come, Happy Birthday, Earl.