Nyck Grayson – April 11th, 2017:
Today’s edition of ‘Two Weeks of Talent’ I highlight a Safety from the Pac-12 that I believe has the potential to have a very long solid, and productive NFL career:
Name: Tedric Thompson
Forty Yard Dash: 4.60
Credentials: Second-team All-America honors – CBS Sports in 2016. Thompson totaled 13 Career Interceptions, 235 total tackles, 36 career PBUs in four seasons with the Buffaloes.
Outside of Jamal Adams (LSU), Malik Hooker (Ohio State), Budda Baker (Washington) and newly coveted prospect out of UCONN Obi Melifonwu, it seems like the Safety depth this season is being overlooked in my opinion. Earlier this season when watching some PAC-12 action I couldn’t help but notice this ballhawk running to the football in the Colorado secondary. Tedric Thompson is an excellent athlete with great tracking speed. As a former WR he has hands that question why he was used on defense only. What I like about Thompson is how his instincts makeup for his size. His numbers vouch for his ability to make plays and have a significant impact throughout the course of a game.
One of the biggest gripes I have with Tedric is how plays like this where he flies to the ballcarrier and makes a physical tackle are somewhat scattered around his tapes. A criticism analyst have on him is that he struggles with tackling and isn’t physical enough to be considered a top prospect. I disagree, it’s definitely on tape but needs to show more consistency.
On one hand this is a terrible decision by Stanford QB Ryan Burns but Thompson is completely blanketing the receiver; and the ball skills are definitely apparent here.
This was the game that fell in love with Thompson’s film, it felt like every play he was breaking up a pass or covering the deep balls that Utah attempted. This range is NFL ready, starting near the left hash Thompson tracks down a 3 step drop that is thrown on far right sideline to make the interception. Impressive.
Here is a beautiful example of how the great the importance of having great hips and feet. Everything here is fluid and precise with no wasted movement. And once again, more production.
Tedric HAS to improve on his run support and tackling in order to have a great career, he’s put it on film for sure but consistency there is lacking. His aggressive mindset can sometimes be to his detriment but when it goes in his favor he can make a lot of money in this league. I think teams like Jacksonville and Carolina can find value him in the third round.
Comparison: Morgan Burnett, Green Bay Packers