At 6-2 and 315 pounds, defensive tackle Brandon Thompson is yet another talented player in this years class at the position.
Hailing from Clemson, Thompson is a powerful player that is known for being a great run defender. He has a tremendous first step which allows him to be a disruptive force in the middle. His quickness allows him to shoot gaps quickly and doesn’t allow offensive lineman to block him squarely.
As a three year starter, Thompson became more and more well known as his career went on. This caused him to see more and more double teams. When doubled, Thompson was good at keeping his leverage and blocked lanes although he sometimes had trouble getting separation.
The biggest knock people have against Thompson comes in his pass rush. Most thing he was a one trick pony and has a lot of room to improve as a pass rusher. I don’t buy into that all that much. I think he has room to grow in his pass rushing technique, but the explosiveness he has off the ball allows him to get into the backfield faster than a lot of other players I’ve watched.
When he can’t shoot a gap, he still has the strength to bull rush and plays at a great level along the line. He doesn’t get too upright and uses his powerful legs to drive blockers. Even when he’s not lining up in a gap, his quickness allows him to get into blockers and take away a lot of their leverage.
Thompson was a pretty talented all-around player at Clemson, and he still has some room to grow.
Check out this video of Thompson against South Carolina, via DraftBreakdown.com.
Honestly, if Luke Kuechly is on the board at 15, I don’t know how the Eagles could pass him up. He can plug into the starting lineup on the strong side right away and can be the long term answer in the middle. There are guys I like in the second round, but Kuechly is far and away the best.
There is a deep class at defensive tackle this year and I think that there should be a few solid options in the second round. Thompson should be one of these players and can add the depth the Eagles are looking for in their rotation. With some work from Jim Washburn, I think he can develop into a starting caliber player down the line as well.
Thompson has plenty of talent but also has some room for improvement. He’s not the strongest all around player right now, but I think he can be with the proper coaching.