Syd”Quan Thompson—CB, 5'9" 180 lbs., Second Round Pick
Thompson is a very hard worker, who is always looking to make a play. He has proven to be a very durable cornerback at Cal—started every game in his career—and Thompson has backed this up with exceptional play.
Thompson posted big stats that earned him First Team All Pac-10 twice, and he made the 2009 Preseason All-American team. Thompson looks to become an excellent zone cornerback in the NFL.
He is a gifted tackler who has great smarts and instincts to make plays in short yardage situations. Thompson has also shown versatility at man-to-man coverage, and he has shown signs of being a good kick and punt returner. Most of all, NFL teams will be getting a very coachable young man, who is only looking to become better.
Thompson is not what you would call a “big” cornerback. At best, he is 5’9” and maybe 180 lbs. This has been a cause for concern for many NFL teams.
Along with the size, many teams are now questioning Thompson’s speed. He is said to run the 40 in the mid 4.4 range, but after getting beat many times in the senior bowl workouts, that time is now being questioned.
Thompson also is not the best in man-to-man coverage against bigger receivers. He often gets bullied, and his footwork is not as good as it should be. This could be a big problem going against veteran receivers.
Thompson has a lot to prove in the NFL Combine. It will be very interesting to see if he can run a good time and if he can do a little bit better in man coverage during the workouts.
Thompson should do very well in the interviews with NFL teams. He is a very likable person and coaches have raved about his positive, enthusiastic attitude. Any team that drafts Thompson will be getting a very smart player, who excels at tackling in zone coverage.
Thompson will have to work on his man coverage and possibly get some more muscle on him. Still look for Thompson to repeat what he did in college and have a very successful NFL career.