Tom Compton may be unknown to many after four years playing for the University of South Dakota, but he is ready to make a name for himself in the NFL.
The 6'5", 314-pound Compton excelled and started in all four of his seasons with the Coyotes. In that time, he was a three-time All-Great West selection, earning an honorable mention in 2009 followed by being named to the first team in 2010 and 2011. Last year, Compton was named the Great West Conference offensive lineman of the year and an FCS All-American.
According to NFL.com, "he has shown the efficiency, smarts, and athletic ability to survive at the next level."
Compton's strengths lie in his nearly perfect footwork. He is quick off the ball and can use angles effectively to get upfield on linebackers while not letting his man get behind him. Compton also plays with good leverage and has the ability to drive the defender off the line of scrimmage.
Compton possesses long arms that boast a nearly 34-inch reach and solid hands in pass protection. According to CBSSports.com, Compton had a great practice week at the East-West Shrine Game. At the combine, meanwhile, he was one of the top performers at his position in the 40-yard dash (5.03 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.6 seconds), vertical jump (30"), broad jump (108") and 3-cone drill (7.59 seconds).
As with everyone, Compton isn't without his weaknesses. He only faced top-tier competition twice at South Dakota, playing against Minnesota and Wisconsin in recent seasons. He's not very explosive as a run-blocker, as he is more of a finesse blocker who sustains his blocks as opposed to knocking his man over. When it comes to pass-protection, Compton's footwork, while impeccable, can also cause him to lunge at his defender, which often leads to missed blocks. He will also struggle at times with NFL-caliber speed off of the edges.
The big fella from South Dakota will give the Washington Redskins more depth on the offensive line and could even be ready to thrive in pass protection. The problem is a lack of explosiveness off the line that makes him a less effective run blocker. That said, the athleticism and footwork are there so Compton has a good foundation on which to build.
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