Darian Thompson, safety, Boise State
6'2", 212 pounds
PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds
Bench press: 13 reps of 225 pounds
Depending where one looks Thompson is anywhere from a top-50 player to someone who could be taken in the fourth round. His numbers at Boise State are impressive with 19 career interceptions and nine pass break ups, plus he was a contributor in other defensive areas by recording 15 tackles for a loss and 8.5 of those were from this past year.
SB Nation's Mocking the Draft see Thompson as being an exceptional cover safety which will doubtingly making him more valuable at the next level with this versatility.
Arguably the best coverage safety in this class is Darian Thompson of Boise State. He can handle man coverage on tight ends because he has some length, and is athletic enough to stick with quick slot receivers. He has excellent hands, and it showed with 28 career pass breakups and 19 interceptions. Thompson needs to tighten up his tackling because he'll swing and miss at times.
Strengths: Very instinctive in going after the ball which is why he is Boise State's all-time leader in interceptions with 19, and more often than not his chances pay off with a pick or a pass break up. He is also a physical player and goes through the pass catcher to disrupt the catch process and he is a threat in the run stopping game as well.
Weakness: Those chances Thompson took in college may not have the same result in the NFL with much better athletes. He also has to play catch up sometimes when he was placed into coverage and let receivers behind him or just lost them in coverage. He can be a bulldozer at time and just attack an oncoming ball carrier or receiver with the ball and that can lead to missed tackles.
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