2017 NFL DRAFT

Darian Thompson, FS

School: Boise State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6432-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.642.741.6612 32 1/29'10"4.337.26

Player Overview

Halfway through his freshman season, Thompson earned his way onto the field as a starter and leaves Boise as one of the most accomplished defenders in school history. He was asked to do a little bit of everything on tape, attacking the run and playing deep coverage.

Thompson posted at least three interceptions each of the past four seasons for the Broncos and his 19 career picks ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference history.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, filled-out frame, working hard to max out his build. Always on the hunt with consistently fast play speed, covering a lot of ground. Anticipates well with the play in front of him, floating and undercutting routes to make plays on the ball. Accurately reads the eyes of quarterbacks to bait throws - film junkie and picks up on tendencies.

Aggressive downhill with a physical mind-set, taking on contact. Outstanding ball-skills and ball awareness, locating with the focus to finish interceptions. Acrobatic skills to make diving catches look routine. Competitive intangibles desired for the next level with unforced leadership ("a guy you want to be around all the time," according to a teammate). Durable four-year starter.

WEAKNESSES: Tight lower body and upright transition, struggling to flip his hips and stay in phase downfield. Shorter arms and overaggressive angles leads to missed tackles in run support. Needs to better control his momentum to break down on the move. Inconsistent jam technique.

Struggles to recover after false steps with stiff change of direction skills and ordinary catch-up speed. Undisciplined vision and his eyes pay rent in the backfield, allowing pass-catchers to gain a step. Marginal instincts with his back to the ball.

COMPARES TO: Bacarri Rambo, Buffalo Bills - Although false steps and aggressive reads will lead to big plays for the offense, safeties like Rambo and Thompson have the playmaking skills to post their fair share of big plays as well.

IN OUR VIEW: Thompson has the anticipation and ball-skills to read quarterbacks and make plays on the ball, but he also guesses too much and lacks the same cover skills once asked to turn and run. His inconsistencies make it tough to trust him as the last line of defense, but his playmaking instincts and toughness will interest NFL coaches as a downhill safety.

--Dane Brugler (2/10/16)

 
 
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Player News
12/29/2015 - 2015 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB Darian Thompson, Sr., Boise State...Thompson's second-straight first-team selection came on the strength of a 2015 campaign with a team-high five interceptions (third-most in the Mountain West), 63 tackles (second-most on the team) and 7.5 tackles-for-loss (third on the team). A Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist this season, Thompson is the defensive team captain for a Bronco unit that ranks 24th nationally in total defense (342.1 yards per game) and fifth nationally in turnovers forced (28). The Bronco secondary is also ranked second nationally in interceptions (22). Thompson made Mountain West history Oct. 31 at UNLV, making the 19th interception of his career to become the Mountain West's all-time leader, passing Eric Weddle's mark of 18. - Boise State Football
 

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