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2015 NFL DRAFT

Taylor Thompson, TE

School: Southern Methodist  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Prosper, TX
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 259 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
10853-4
Latest News
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

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 5/145 - Taylor Thompson, TE, 6-6, 259, SMU...Thompson, a college defensive end, will try to make the switch back to tight end, his natural position. The Titans believe he as the athleticism and hands to not only make the switch, but be a difference-maker at the position. COULD SURPRISE: Tight end Taylor Thompson: Easily the most intriguing pick in Tennessee's draft. Thompson was an all-conference defensive end at SMU, where he originally committed as a tight end. But when June Jones' run-and-shoot style offense ended in 2008, Thompson became a man without a position. He moved to defense, but as his pro day approached, he made the switch back to tight end, and turned plenty of heads, including the Titans scouts. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2011 - 2011 CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL-Taylor Thompson, Sr., SMU, has been selected All-Conference USA First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. Defensive end Taylor Thompson had 41 stops, 7.5 for loss, six forced fumbles and a team-high seven sacks in 2011. - SMU football

08/11/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA TEAM (COACHES): DL Taylor Thompson, Sr., SMU, has been selected to the Preseason All-Conference USA Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's coaches. Thompson, a native of Prosper, Texas, started in all 14 games last season and was named All-Conference USA First Team. An anchor in SMU's 3-4 defense, the Nagurski and Lombardi Award Watch List member posted 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks and three QB hurries on the season. - SMU football

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Taylor Thompson, SMU, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. Thompson, a native of Prosper, Texas, started in all 14 games last season and was named All-Conference USA First Team. An anchor in SMU's 3-4 defense, he posted 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks and three QB hurries on the season. He is one of just four Conference USA players on the list. He has previously been tabbed pre-season All-C-USA and was named to the Nagurski and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. - SMU football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Taylor Thompson, DE, SMU, (1st Team All-CUSA, 2nd on team with 5.5 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Taylor Thompson, SMU, DE, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Thompson, a native of Prosper, Texas, started in all 14 games last season and was named All-Conference USA First Team. An anchor in SMU's 3-4 defense, he posted 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks and three QB hurries on the season. He is one of just five Conference USA players on the list. - SMU football

 
Latest News
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

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