By: Steve Johnson
Deointe Thompson, S, Alabama
32 1/8″ arms. 9 7/8″ hands.
DNP 40 DNP Vert. DNP Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2016: 6 games. 9 tackles
2017: 9 games. 25 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 int for 21 yards, 1 pass break up
2018: 14 games. 78 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 int for 65 yards, 6 pass break ups, 3 FF, 1 FR
Accolades: Under-Armour Game participant, 2017 National Champion, 2018 National Champion, 2018 First-team All-SEC, 2018 Consensus All-American,
History: Four-star prospect from Orange, TX, He enrolled early at Alabama in January 2015, choosing the Tide over FSU, LSU, Stanford, Texas, and USC.
Strengths: Good length. Fluid mover in all aspects of the game. Agile feet, can turn and run with most. Recovery speed as a single high safety is good. Solid ball skills. Aggressiveness is a plus, not afraid to throw his body around. Very active in run support. Can lay the hit stick, when the opportunity presents itself (see Ta’amu hit vs Ole Miss, 2018).
Weaknesses: Very thin frame. Inexperienced, only a one year starter. Play strength is average to below average. Still very raw in coverage. Wasn’t asked to line up in man very often. Can still be too aggressive in zone coverage and bite. Needs to do a better job breaking down in run support, flies in too fast and has been prone to missed tackles. Tries to lay the boom when it’s time to wrap up. Thin frame and aggressive attitude, may be a bad combo, unless he can fill out.
Overview: A long, lean, and fast safety that is aggressive in run support. Thompson has tremendous upside, but is still somewhat raw. I am a little worried about his frame and play style, as well as his eyes. He is still a year away from starting in the NFL, but he could provide immediate impact as a depth player and a special teams presence.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.75
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