Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson
Brandon Thompson, DT Clemson
6’ 2 310 lbs.
Hometown: Thomasville, GA
Bench Press: 35 reps (225 lb)
Vertical Leap: 31.0 inches
Broad Jump: 100 inches
Three Cone: 7.97
News and Notes:
Before he joined the Clemson Tigers, Thomspon was ranked the 39th highest prospect in the nation by ESPN.com and was the number three defensive tackle. He was supposed to redshirt his first year, but had the redshirt removed after injuries to Clemson’s defensive line forced him into action. As a freshman, Thompson had 25 tackles which fourth highest amongst freshmen. He is nicknamed “Yams” because of his big thighs that helped him anchor the line for the Tigers. Thompson’s senior year began with the loss of Da’Quan Bowers to the NFL. His low tackle numbers didn’t often tell the big picture as his ability to disrupt the offensive line opened opportunities for his teammates.
What they’re saying about him:
Wes Bunting (NationalFootballPost.com): “A guy who should be able to come in and be a lineman who can win inside vs. the run game. Looks a bit limited as a pass rusher, but will be able to push the pocket and threaten gaps off the ball. A starting caliber 43 nose inside.”
NFL.com (Combine) “ He is consistent in his play and uses his feet to make plays happen against the run. He comes off the ball quickly and is able to fill gaps well at his size. He also make plays on the ball carrier. He is a very strong player who knows how to use his hands and disrupt plays in the backfield. Thompson tends to be negated by double teams inside. His substandard technique can limit him at times and contributes to his inability to get past those doubles. Though he is stellar against the run, he is limited against the pass, only occasionally making things happen as a rusher “
Rob Rang (CBSSports.com) “….Can make the impressive chest to chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield. Good strength, though his marginal arm length limits his ability to grab hold of ball-carriers as they run by. Willing to lay out and shows good hand-eye coordination to trip up ball-carriers. Explodes out of his stance, demonstrating a burst upfield to slip gaps and the lateral agility once past the line of line of scrimmage to chase down the quarterback. Inconsistent use of hands. Flashes quick hands to slap away blocks, but too often gets caught in the in the hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage, rather than quickly disengaging.”
Shows incredible explosiveness off the line. Can move an offensive line and force the running back to adjust his lane on the fly. Shows a lack of ability to let up on a block to turn around and make a tackle. Can get to the quarterback but how fast is the question. Definitely needs to work on his pass rush, but can be very disruptive in run defense. Has difficulty breaking through double teams——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke