Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 46 tackles/7.5 tackles for loss/2.5 sacks. Junior numbers included 56/7.5/1. Posted 50 tackles as a sophomore.
Positives: Explosive interior lineman who plays hard until the whistle blows. Fires through the gaps of the offensive line, displays terrific all-around quickness and keeps his feet driving up the field. Flashes power and constantly penetrates the line of scrimmage to disrupt the action. Works his hands throughout the play and chases hard to get to the action.
Negatives: Marginal pass rusher. Gets easily out-positioned from the action at times. Must improve his leverage and consistently play with good pad level.
Analysis: From the time he was a sophomore Thompson showed next-level skills and has developed his game each season. He's a penetrating tackle who?s best on a four-man line and in a one-gap system. He does the little things well and offers starting potential at the next level.
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