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Thompson was PrepStar All-West Region defensive back as a senior and ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 60 safety in the entire nation. He validated those rankings by playing as a true freshman at Colorado.
His freshman season he was active in all 12 games, making three starts against PAC-12 heavy hitters Oregon, California and USC. Thompson established himself early on in his collegiate career that playing on Sunday's would be an avenue to pursue at the end of his college journey.
Building on each and every season has been protocol for Thompson. His senior season was his best intercepting seven passes, leading the entire Pac-12 Conference, and being First Team All-Pac-12 honors.
He finished with some impressive pass defense numbers with 13 interceptions ranking fifth in school history and sixth all-time with 34 pass deflections along with 246 tackles (172 solo).
STRENGTHS: Thompson has adequate size and above average ball skills. Good quickness and agility. He plants and drives on the ball and is not afraid to take chances. His coverage ability is better than some defensive backs available in the draft. Times and highpoints the ball exceptionally well with solid hands. Is not afraid to hit and lowers to his shoulder looking for impact blow to defender. Good angles to the ball and flies around the field. Plays fast and excels at getting the football.
WEAKNESSES: His size is not ideal and he plays much bigger than his height/weight. A product of his own success he can take too many chances and get beat by being to aggressive is pass coverage. May struggle with more man to man concepts at the next level. Better discipline back pedaling and reducing some choppiness in his steps should be improved.
IN OUR VIEW: True play-maker and athlete with the knack for creating turnovers. Combination of skills and obsession to film study provide Thompson with a strong resume. He should out play his current draft grade at the next level.
COMPARES TO: Anthony Harris, Minnesota: Harris has marginal size for the position, but exceptional ball hawking skills. It coincides comparably with Thompson when matching him to current NFL safeties. Harris went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft and led the country in 2013 with eight interceptions. Thompson finished tied for third in the country with seven interceptions one behind the leading mark of eight, his senior season.