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Drafted By: Ravens

Combine Results

Grade
53.2 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.13 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.72 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Thompson is a rangy safety with size and speed. He will enter the league as a special teams player, but could blossom into a serviceable starter in time.

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 211LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/8" Hands

Overview

Thompson is an intriguing big safety from little-known South Carolina State. He is very athletic and dominated in stretches throughout college. He struggles to make plays on the ball in coverage and doesn't always react well in zone, but he is a very athletic mover capable of covering tight ends at the next level. He is a bit of an unknown but could continue to rise throughout the pre-draft process, and his value could be understated at this time given the emergence of athletic tight ends in the NFL in 2011.

Analysis

Strengths

Thompson is a big-time athlete who can match up with the NFL's biggest and fastest offensive players. He excels in man coverage, where he uses his quick-twitched feet and smooth hips to cover. He is good in off-man coverage, where he can sit and wait on a move before reacting and then blanketing. He understands the game and assists in run support, although he is a better tackler against the pass than he is straight up against the run. He would fit in right away on an NFL defense.

Weaknesses

Thompson is raw and hasn't played against top talent in college. He struggles at times in zone and can look out of sorts. He is unreliable when given the opportunity to catch the ball, although he is around it often. He doesn't have speed that translates to the field when he is in pursuit; he will need to rely on his footwork more than he does at the current time so that he doesn't get out of position and have to chase at the next level.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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