HEIGHT: 5'10 5/8"
WEIGHT: 182 lbs
—Smooth backpedal with quick feet. Able to get out of breaks.
—Good in run support. Elusive and physical in block destruction when needed.
—Plays with a high motor. Routinely finishes the play around the ball.
—Doesn’t panic with the ball in the air.
—Catches ball w/ hands.
—Open field tackling can be an issue. Takes poor angles to the ball-carrier.
—Does below average job tackling. Can melt off or give poor effort on too many tackles.
10 Games: 36 Tackles, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 TD, 1 FR, 1 FF
—28 starts for Vols defense.
Thompson is a cover first cornerback with the ability to align in multiple positions in the defensive backfield. He shows very good football intelligence and instincts when it comes to playing routes in front of him. His read-and-react ability works great. He is hesitant at times when it comes to tackling. On top of taking poor angles at times,
Thompson repetitively makes business decisions and avoids high collisions; with the attempts to ankle bite. Thompson has the ability to play in both man and zone schemes. Though he only has average length and size, he is able to compete and hold his own against bigger receivers. His ball skills are what separate Thompson; with the ability to pluck the ball out of the air.
GRADE: 6.9/10 (Career Backup/Rotational Player—Round 5)
OVERALL RANK: 184/300
POSITION RANK: CB24
PRO COMPARISON: Kyle Fuller
Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings