Darwin Thompson

Utah State
RB

Prospect Info

College
Utah State
Hometown
Class
Jenks, OK
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 8"
200 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

4.94
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Chiefs
Round 6 ‧ Pick 42
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Thompson is the nephew of former Oklahoma State and St. Louis rams running back David Thompson. After one productive season at Utah State, Darwin decided it was time to see if he was one of the fittest, declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. Mountain West coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2018, as he rushed for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns (6.8 average) on just 153 carries in 13 games (nine starts). He transferred to USU from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he was a second-team NJCAA All-American and conference Offensive MVP as a sophomore after rushing for 1,391 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also an all-conference performer in his freshman year (1,029 yards, nine touchdowns). Thompson led Jenks High School to a state title as a high school senior, earning honorable mention All-Metro honors from the Tulsa World.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Worker-bee running back with a willingness to put the hard-hat on and make his living between the tackles despite a lack of size. Thompson runs with zeal, but his average foot quickness and delayed downhill trigger limits his ability to threaten beyond on the second level. He will be unable to outrun NFL speed to the corner so his future may be limited to what he can do between or over the tackles. He's versatile and tough enough to get a chance to compete for a spot at the back-end of the roster as a three-down backup prospect.
Strengths
  • 16 touchdowns from scrimmage on just 176 touches in 2018
  • Runs low to the ground and with good pad level
  • Possesses good power in hips and thighs
  • Comfortable making a living between the tackles
  • Makes timely downhill cuts without slowing to gather
  • Able to punish smaller tacklers with loaded shoulder
  • Contact balance to add yardage to run
  • Viable leak-out pass catcher
  • Has enough athleticism to become more effective route runner if needed
Weaknesses
  • Runs with inconsistent tempo
  • Slow to process traffic and recognize opportunity
  • Burst is below average
  • Not a dynamic runner and fits into "grinder" category
  • Doesn't have speed to keep runs flowing to the edge
  • Can be tracked down by linebackers on next level
  • Lacks short-area elusiveness to shake and reset the run
  • Just one year of FBS football

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league