Biography: Auburn transfer who was a two-year starter at South Carolina State. Awarded all-conference honors as a senior. Totals last season included 66 tackles/2 interceptions/2 tackles for loss after he had 46/1/7 the prior year.
Positives: Athletic and explosive defensive back with outstanding size/speed numbers. Quick up the field to defend the run, wraps up tackling and effective making plays in space. Reads the action, quickly picks up assignments and plays smart football. Keeps the action in front of him, takes good angles to the play and does a solid job with deep centerfield coverage assignments. Explosive, plays with suddenness and can turn it on in a single step. Covers a lot of area on the field and seeks out the ballcarrier.
Negatives: Does not display a great burst of closing or recovery speed. Average ball skills. Marginally effective when asked to blitz.
Analysis: Thompson's game has been on the upswing the past two seasons, and he possesses the numbers to start in the NFL. He offers potential as a zone/strong safety and can see action as a rookie on special teams.
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