Conference: Atlantic Coast
40 Time: 5.18
Biography: Two-year starter who finished with 25/1.5/.5 as a senior after 27/6.5/3 the prior year.
Positives: Explosive one-gap tackle coming off a disappointing senior season. Fires off the snap with a great first step, plays with terrific pad level, and keeps his feet moving on contact, bull rushing opponents off the ball. Shoots through the small gaps in the offensive line, works his hands throughout the action, and displays terrific quickness in his all-around game. Fluid collapsing down the line and works hard to make plays.
Negatives: Slow shedding blocks once engaged and all too often gets tied up at the point by a single opponent. Lacks great size and has growth limitations.
Analysis: Thompson has displayed a lot of skill the past two seasons, and he can be a tough opponent handle in the middle of the line. Lacks the great upside, yet he does enough things well that he'll have an opportunity to make it as an eight defender on the or man line.
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