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Brandon Thompson

Brandon Thompson - #98 - DT

Height: 6-2 1/8
Weight: 316
Speed: 5.21
Arm: 33 1/2
Hand: 10
Wingspan: 77 7/8
Birthdate: 10/19/1989
Hometown: Thomasville, GA
Grade: 5.85


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Clemson Pro Day 6-2 1/8 316 9 7/8 32 3/8 78 1/2 5.21 7'10"
02/29/2012 Combine 6-2 314 10 33 1/2 77 7/8 35 8'4" 31 4.75 7.97
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-2 311 9 5/8 32 5/8 77 7/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-2 1/8 305 9 5/8 32 3/4 77 3/8 4.95



Highly recruited Georgia prep who was slated to redshirt his first year before injury forced him into action. As a true freshman in 2008, played 12 games (one start) and recorded 25 tackles, five for loss and one sack with three passes batted down and a forced fumble. Started 13-of-14 games at nose guard in ’09, producing 50-2-0 with three batted passes. Started 11-of-13 games in ’10 (yielded two starts to Miguel Chavis) and tallied 53-7 1⁄2-1 with three batted passes and a blocked kick. Recorded 77-8-2 1⁄2 with one forced fumble in 14 games (13 starts) at nose guard in ’11. Team captain. Had his ankle scoped prior to the Senior Bowl but still played in the game. Elected not to run at the Combine.


Bursts off the snap and flashes penetrating ability — creates a surge and can play in gaps. Disruptive pass-rush tools — can win with quickness or bull his way to the quarterback. Effective swim move. Stout and strong to stack and shed. Fights to free himself and has quick, active hands. Good eyes and instincts inside — maintains vision while he controls and plays off blocks. Redirects well for his size. Has the desire to make tackles and is a heavy hitter. Versatile — can play multiple alignments along the front. Three-year starter. Smart and tough. Good character.


Average length — can be neutralized when he surrenders his frame. Needs to play with better leverage — becomes blockable when his pads rise. Average range, pursuit effort and closing burst. Minimal sack production. Has thick, tight hips and is not an elite dancing bear to work the edges. Recorded a head-scratching 7.97-second 3-cone drill, second-worst among defensive tackles at the Combine. Tends to throttle down at times. Takes plays off. Could stand to improve conditioning and stamina. 


Thickly built, powerful, versatile defensive tackle with starter-caliber size, strength and quickness. Adjusted just fine to life without Jarvis Jenkins beside him, and while he does not project as a sack artist in the pros, Thompson’s three-down skill set will be coveted. Is best-suited on the nose in a 4-3 paired with an attention-demanding three-technique, but also could draw interest as a 3-4 five-technique given his stellar run defense.

Brandon Thompson's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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