Trenton Thompson

Georgia
DT

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
Albany, GA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
288 lbs
34”
Hands
10 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.51
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.06
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
111.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.68
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.56
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Thompson earned about every honor a high school player could before moving north 200 miles from Albany to Athens. The Maxwell Club named him the National Player of the Year after his senior season (36 tackles for loss, 17 sacks), several outlets named him a first-team All-American and a first-team All-Georgia selection, and he was a top-10 national recruit. Thompson started six games as a true freshman, playing in 12 overall and posting 25 tackles, 2.5 for loss. He started seven of 13 games played in 2016, finishing with 56 stops, a team-high 9.5 for loss, and tied for the team lead with five sacks from his interior spot. Thompson suffered an undisclosed medical emergency in February 2017 and had an encounter with Athens police, apparently due to an "adverse reaction to medication," per a Georgia press release. He withdrew from classes in the spring semester, but returned for the fall, starting three of 12 games played (35 tackles, three for loss).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Thompson is a tough, athletic three-technique who offers an adequate combination of disruption and strength at the point of attack. Though he's known as a player who plays with pain, his inability to stay healthy clearly had an impact on his lack of production this season. If Thompson's medicals check out, he could find work as a rotational defensive tackle for a 4-3 defense and may work himself into an eventual starter role.
Strengths
  • Stays low out of his stance
  • Attacks at the point with desired level of leverage
  • Three-technique who flashes lower body power to torque and toss guards
  • Base is wide and sturdy heads-up scraps
  • Athletic big with some disruption
  • Movement and change of direction come fairly easily for him
  • Has range to make tackles out of his area
  • C race down the line and close-out a cutback lane
  • Good toughness
  • Held his own when dealing with Notre Dame's talented combo of Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey
  • Motor will not be a concern
  • Hustles around the field looking for work
  • Works to an edge as a rusher
  • Has lower body strength to challenge redirects as a rusher
Weaknesses
  • Has had to play hurt for much of his college career
  • Played in just 35 percent of Georgia's defensive snaps in 2017
  • Career injuries include ankles, a sprained MCL and a shoulder injury requiring surgery after sophomore season
  • Step slow in movement off snap
  • Can be trapped behind blocks on lateral run plays
  • Initial hands need to be quicker and more forceful
  • Unable to punch and press blockers out of his frame
  • Forced to ride on blockers rather than control them
  • Struggles to maintain square pads to the line
  • Flashes but doesn't impose his will often enough
  • Contact balance and body control are slightly below average
  • On ground too often

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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