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Syd'quan Thompson (CB)
  • Height:
    5'9"
  • Weight:
    186 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/8 in.
  • College:
    California
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Denver Broncos
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 18 (225)
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Pick Analysis: Syd'quan Thompson is one of the most physical cornerbacks in this draft. He's got quick feet, he's a tough kid and he competes on every single snap of every single game. The problem is that you can't run 4.7 or 4.75 at his size and expect the NFL to draft you high. He will compete for a roster spot because of his intangibles and his toughness.

Overview

Thompson is a short well built player with excellent quickness and agility in coverage. He can be explosive to breakpoints and shows good instincts to take proper angles to the ball. Thompson doesn’t possess great speed in pure man coverage but can be effective in combination man and zone schemes as well as a nickel back in sub packages. Thompson is physical enough to be an effective run support defender but his lack of height may hinder his ability to contest jump balls. He wasn’t as effective returning punts in 2009 but has legitimate return skills and can contribute in this area.


Strengths

Thompson is an athletic corner despite not having great top end speed. He’s a durable, productive talent who did not miss any games in Berkeley where he was a three-year starter. Makes up for lack of ideal size with toughness. Has shown impressive instincts throughout his career. Has experience in the punt return game.

Weaknesses

Lacks great height to contest taller receivers. Only possesses average hands and drops some catchable interceptions. Smaller size also hurts Thompson while defending the run, where he has difficulty shedding blocks. Only has average recovery speed when turning and running in man coverage.

Grade

5.8

 

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