At 6'4" and 292 pounds, Thompson combines great size with impressive quickness and strength. He can shoot upfield through creases by exploding at the snap, which forces offensive linemen to open up their hips earlier than they would like.
Thompson is a disruptive force who has a strong initial punch at the point of attack. He flashes the ability to play with good leverage and a flat back, which helps him get under the pads of blockers. The Peach State prospect has noticeable shock value and heavy hands when striking blockers, and he can walk them into the backfield. Anchoring is also not a problem for him.
Additionally, Thompson is an above-average athlete with great range. He has some wiggle to his movement skills at times, which helps him slip through gaps to penetrate as a pass-rusher and make stops behind the line versus running plays.
His motor is another asset, evidenced by Thompson's ability to explode in short areas to finish and reach ball-carriers.
Although he would be fine in a 3-4 scheme, Thompson projects best as a playmaking 3-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense.