His athleticism allows him to come in and compete at the next level from day one. He can drop back into coverage and cover the entire field in front of him because of his speed. He flies up the field and make up any space to try to get into passing lanes. His initial quickness allows him to be a part of disrupting runs or screens. He can be a ballhawk in a defense because of how he can sit back and track a ball down for a deflection or an interception. He can be playmaker.
He does misread plays which can result in chunk plays or even the offense taking the top off the defense for a touchdown. He will need more coaching up at diagnosing plays whether that is from the film room and/or on the field. His tackling technique needs some work. He loves to drop his head and lead with his shoulder. He doesn't break down and look to wrap up the runner. Too many broken tackles on him and backs at the next level won't be an easier for him. He needs more attention to the details.
2018: Knee (Minor), 2017: Brusied Knee (No Missed Time)
2018: Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss, Louisville
Thompson has the potential to be an All-Pro safety at the next level because of his athleticism and ability to put himself in position to make a play every single snap. He is better served in a defensive scheme that requires a safety to sit back in coverage and react to where the quarterback is looking to go with the ball. He has outstanding range that allows him to close space very quick which makes no throw safe against him. His quickness allows him to be a threat against the run but if he doesn't work on his tackling then he could be liable to giving up some chunk runs. Teams will need to determine for the cause of why he appears to have moments where he can misdiagnose a play which can be detrimental to his team since he is responsible for covering the back end. If he can work on the mental part while developing as a player is why I believe he has a high ceiling at the next level. As a rookie he should be able to come in as a starter and make an impact because of his coverage ability. If teams allow him to be the player, he is and don't ask him to be a player he isn't (Ex. Playing him in the box) then he should do just fine during his first season. If he can further his development as a professional, then by his third season he could reach his ceiling as one of the best safeties in the league. He should at least be able to be a part of a team's secondary for a long time.
He is pretty smooth in the open field with his ability to move his body around with ease. He does a great job at extending his body and reaching out to get in the passing lanes. He has tremendous range and can make up a lot of ground if there is separation. He explodes up the field and closes space quickly. He has the ability to shut plays down quick. He stays on his feet and rarely gets knocked off balance. Gets in position to make a play.
Big Play Ability
He has the ability to come up and press his man but is more effective with space in front of him. He does a good job at keeping his man in front until its time to flip and run. He can stick hips. He excels in zone. He can sit back in the middle of the field and make a play anywhere. He always looks to break up a pass anytime he is in position. He doesn't make it easy. His fluidity of dropping back into coverage is impressive. Very smooth at flipping his hips.
His ability to close down space is outstanding. He can make up A LOT of ground on the ball. He is a ballhawk. He can sit back and track it down to break up the pass or an interception. He does struggle reading plays and can fall for play actions. He does give up big plays.
He explodes up the field and can be a disruptor to runs or screens. He can fly to the ball. He will put up a fight. He loses and wins against blocks but doesn't get driven back easily. He isn't afraid to lay a hit. His technique does need work though, he gives up broken tackles.
Engage with blocks
He is a fighter. He doesn't give up easy catches. He will come lay the boom if he can. 29 games, 112 tackles (69 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 7 PD, 1 FR, 3 FF. He consistency uses his athleticism to his advantage to fly all over the field to make plays.
He will take bad angles when targeting the runner which results in a missed tackle on him. Whether it is mental processing or being unprepared, he does struggle diagnosing plays. He brings his best every game and he takes bad plays to heart. He fights for his team.