South Carolina State - Bulldogs
Christian Thompson - #33 - FS
|Hometown:||North Lauderdale, FL|
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/28/2012 South Carolina State Pro Day||6-0 1/2||208||8 1/4||31 1/4||74 1/2||32|
|02/29/2012 Combine||6-0 1/4||211||8 3/8||31 1/2||75 7/8||4.46||18||10'2"||31 1/2||4.14||11.72||7.34|
|01/16/2012 East-West Shrine||6-0 3/8||213||8 1/4||31 5/8||74 1/2|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-1||211||8||31 1/8||75 1/4||4.42|
The Florida prep also ran track before starting his career at Auburn and seeing action in 10 games in 2008, making one tackle. Was dismissed from the football team at Auburn after missing too many classes. Transferred to South Carolina State for the ’09 season and appeared in 11 contests (four starts) as a reserve, making 28 tackles, one pass breakup and zero interceptions with 5 1⁄2 tackles for loss and one sack. Started all 12 games at strong safety in ’10, managing 46-7-1 with one tackle for loss. Was moved to the “Bandit” position during ’11 spring practice. In the fall, he played in all 11 games and logged 66-2-2 with one tackle for loss.Positives:
Intriguing size and speed — ran the fastest 40-time amongst safeties at the Combine. Relaxed, patient pedal. Able to carry receivers and tight ends down the field. Supports the run aggressively. Can run and hit (physical tackler) and closes fast when he sees it. Covers ground. Catches well to intercept. Solid football character.Negatives:
Very small hands. Average eyes and instincts. Slow processor — does not cue off keys and reacts instead of anticipating. Takes some questionable angles in pursuit. Does not navigate clutter or work off blocks cleanly. Could improve tackling technique. Shows stiffness in transition and change of direction. Faced marginal competition. Intensity leaves something to be desired. Vertical leap (311⁄2 inches) and 3-cone drill (7.34 seconds) were tied for lows among defensive backs at the Combine. Could require patience comprehending complex schemes. Was immature as a younger player and needs to prove he’s dependable.Summary:
An SEC transfer with very good straight-line speed, Thompson plays slower than he times and was not an impactful playmaker at the FCS level. Has potential to help on special teams and could be tried as a nickel linebacker. Might require time to develop.
Christian Thompson's Draft Stock
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