Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Is Brandon Thompson of Clemson an Option?

Jonathan BalesAnalyst IMarch 9, 2012

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Brandon Thompson #98 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Today's scouting report is up at the Times, and it is on Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson.  Click the link to view the whole report.  Here is a snippet:

At 6-2, some might be scared about Brandon Thompson’s height inside.  As a defensive tackle or potential nose tackle, he will need to be able to hold off blockers before shedding them.  Thompson shows an uncanny ability to do just this, aided in large part by his 33.5-inch arms.  With long arms, Thompson’s height is less important.

You can see an example of Thompson shedding blocks and showcasing his athleticism at the 2:21 mark against Georgia Tech.  Thompson uses outstanding leverage at the point of attack to hold his ground, sheds the blocker and makes the tackle.  You can see the exact same thing on each of the next three plays.

To say that I like Thompson is an understatement.  I think he's the top tackle in this class, ahead of both Devon Still and Michael Brockers.  I don't think he's going to make his way into the first round, but I would be ecstatic if the 'Boys managed to land him in the second.  To give you a sense of how much I think of Thompson, consider the fact that I think the team would be acquiring great value if they select him in the first round!


Previous Scouting Reports

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU

Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State

Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida/North Alabama

Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia