Deionte Thompson

Alabama
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Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Orange, TX
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
195 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.78
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 5 ‧ Pick 1

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Alabama is probably the only school in the country with the secondary depth to sign a four-star recruit rated among the top-five safeties in the country and redshirt him. That's what head coach Nick Saban did with Thompson in 2015. The next year, the team's talent at safety forced Thompson into a special teams role (nine tackles, tied for team lead with eight on coverage units). He started twice as a sophomore but mostly played special teams in his 14 appearances, making 25 tackles, intercepting one pass and breaking up one other. With the NFL taking away the Tide's starting secondary before the 2018 season, Thompson got his chance to play -- and took full advantage. He earned first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors as a junior, starting all 15 games and recording 79 stops, 3.5 for loss, two interceptions, six pass breakups, and four forced fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Marcus Williams
Overview
Talented high-safety prospect with good range and ball skills who will experience occasional bumps in the road as he grows into a finished product. Thompson plays with desired levels of explosiveness and chance-taking in his coverage, but inconsistencies against Oklahoma and Clemson show that he may not be ready to step right in as a pro. He will be parked on the back-end and may need to pick and choose his spots as a hitter due to his frame. His traits and talent could make him an early starter.
Strengths
  • Athletic in both pass coverage and run support
  • Ball-hawking tendencies and traits
  • Excellent job of keying the quarterback's eyes
  • Instincts enhance his play speed
  • Easy change of direction from pedal as high safety
  • Plays with good range over top from Cover-1
  • Burst to the ball is explosive and fast
  • Plays ball rather than the man with he's in position
  • Tracks it and finds his positioning to challenge the deep throws
  • Does not take a pass on contact elements
  • Willing to throws his nose in against the run
  • Bendy and agile as open-field tackler
  • Knows when to play cleanup rather than race downhill
Weaknesses
  • Slim frame with thin legs for an Alabama safety
  • Physical nature could work against durability
  • Would benefit from more consistent pursuit angles
  • Plays with false steps and disjointed movements
  • Lacks some confidence in instincts and eyes at times
  • Loses sight of play development with wandering eyes
  • Aggressive jumping routes and beaten because of it
  • Paths on the throw can be a little shallow at times
  • Recovery speed was disappointing in playoff games
  • Has limited man cover responsibilities
Sources Tell Us

"Go watch the Ole Miss game. There is a play where he runs up and has a big collision in the middle of the field but causes a fumble. I'm worried about him surviving those kinds of hits and staying healthy. He's just so slender." - NFC Executive

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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