04/30/2012 - Tight end Taylor Thompson is certainly the biggest gamble in the Titans draft, considering he played defensive end at SMU, having lost his position as a tight end when June Jones came in as head coach in 2008 and installed the run-and-shoot, which doesn't use a tight end. Thompson liked the school and the Mustangs program enough that he switched to defense and not only became an all-conference pick, but had a draftable grade there, had he not switched position, says Titans scout Jon Salge. "This is a player who was above the line as a defensive end prospect," said Salge, who scouts the South Central region that includes the state of Texas for the Titans. "So we knew we were dealing with a premier athlete from the beginning." The Titans, who traded up in round five to select Thompson, believe he has enough athleticism to become a dynamic threat at the position. - The Sports Xchange
Recruited as a tight end by Oklahoma State and UCLA, Thompson has a versatile skills set with an intriguing blend of size and athleticism. His hot-and-cold motor and questionable character leaves scouts wanting more. An intriguing late-round prospect with some untapped potential.
Positives: Has height, length and NFL measureables. Adequate muscle definition, adding 60 pounds since high school. Athletic for his size with light feet and smooth movement skills. Possesses a loose body to redirect momentum, bend and play with leverage. Gets a good initial jump. Usually aggressive and active. Hard worker with toughness. Has played hurt, starting the final 43 games of his career.
Negatives: Has a slender frame and lacks ideal power and flexibility. Struggles to shed and rarely disengages after initial contact. Doesn't recognize plays developing. Unpolished pass rusher. Inconsistent motor causes some to doubt his passion for football. Lacks killer instinct.