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2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandon Thompson, DT

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Thomasville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 314 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
5672
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 3/93 - Brandon Thompson, DT, 6-2, 314, Clemson...He did 36 bench press reps at the combine so it is also another big, strong presence to stop the run. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson -- Once discussed as a borderline first-round pick, Thompson can play nose tackle or under tackle in Mike Zimmer's defense, and pairs with second-rounder Devon Still to add plenty of stability to the Bengals' line.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 40. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson: At 6-2, 314 pounds, Thompson lacks the length and versatility of some of the other top-rated defensive linemen, but his squatty build and excellent power (35 reps) make him a quality run defender. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson, 6-2, 314, 1-2...Thompson was a classroom and weight-room fanatic since high school, which earned him Academic Honor Roll recognition in 2010 and the weight-lifting statistics of a tractor -- 450-pound single bench press, 36 reps with 225 pounds (34 at the combine), 615-pound squat lift and 370-pound power clean. On the field that translates to somebody smart enough to know what to do and strong enough to get it done. He explodes off the line with tremendous force and uses his wicked strong hands to gain an advantage. This helps him as a dangerous bull rusher, but he is not really a pass-rush threat. Nicknamed "Yams" in recognition of the huge thighs that help him clog the middle of Clemson's defense, Thompson is an immovable object willing and able to crush anything that tries to get past him. His college statistics may not be relevant because offenses tried to stay out of his way, even if it took two men to do so. Thompson may be NFL ready right now, but he is already maximizing his physical ability and may have marginal upside. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/08/2012 - Clemson Pro day: Brandon Thompson arrived at Clemson with potential. But not much strength. As a true freshman, Thompson was asked to perform a strength test -- pushing up 225 pounds on the bench press. He completed 13, with some degree of strain to get there. "His development strength-wise is incredible," said coach Dabo Swinney. Thompson, a standout defensive tackle in the ACC, is considered a fringe first-round pick as he leaves Clemson four years later. In his most recent strength test at the Scouting Combine, he did 35 reps. He also had a 9-feet, 7-inch broad jump at 6-2, 315 pounds on Thursday before he posted an unofficial time of 5.0 and 5.12 in the 40-yard dash. "He's a great football player, a great individual," Swinney said. "As a player -- you can't move him. He loves to practice. He does it the right way. He's going to have a great NFL career." Clemson has had 25 players make NFL rosters since Swinney arrived. Defensive end Andre Branch and Thompson could be first-round picks in 2012. Swinney said several teams have asked him about Branch's ability to play the traditional defensive end spot and if he could cover as an outside linebacker in 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. Of the teams represented at Clemson's Thursday Pro Day, the New York Jets sent head coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and their college scouting director Joey Clinkscales. At least 29 NFL teams were accounted for, according to Clemson. Marc Ross, the New York Giants' director of college scouting, was also in attendance. - NFLDraftScout.com

03/08/2012 - Clemson Pro Day: DT Brandon Thompson (6-2, 316) may have done more than anyone else to impress scouts at Clemson's Pro Day, including clocking a 4.9 time in the 40 that prompted cheers from many on hand. "I think I helped myself," Thompson said. Not that he needed much help - scouts have been high on Thompson since he emerged as a standout run-stopper up the middle two seasons ago and continued to enhance his stock last season, when he had 77 tackles and a team-high 18 quarterback pressures. At 6-2, he's considered "stumpy" and not as versatile as some other top-notch defensive linemen by some scouts, but most are impressed by his "elite burst" off the snap as well as his aggressiveness and consistency. "He goes hard all the time," one scout said. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 32. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson, 6-2, 311, 1-2...Nicknamed "Yams" in recognition of the huge thighs that help him clog the middle of Clemson's defense, Thompson is an immovable object willing and able to crush anything that tries to get past him. He has been a classroom and weight-room fanatic since high school, which earned him Academic Honor Roll recognition in 2010 and the weight-lifting statistics of a tractor -- 450-pound single bench press, 36 reps with 225 pounds, 615-pound squat lift and 370-pound power clean. On the field that translates to somebody smart enough to know what to do and strong enough to get it done. He explodes off the line with tremendous force and uses his wicked strong hands to gain an advantage. This helps him as a dangerous bull rusher, but he is not really a pass rush threat. His college statistics may not be relevant because offenses tried to stay out of his way, even if it took two men to do so. Thompson may be NFL ready right now, but he is already maximizing his physical ability and may have marginal upside. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/04/2012 - Scouting the Clemson run defense: The Tigers' run defense should be rejuvenated after posting its most impressive game of the season. Clemson held David Wilson, the league's leading rusher and the ACC Player of the Year, to a season-low 32 yards. Brandon Thompson has been the Tigers' primary run-stopper in the middle all season and the highly regarded pro prospect continues to prove difficult for any offensive front to stop. When fellow tackle Rennie Moore and ends Andre Branch and Malliciah Goodman have strong efforts, the Tigers surrender yards begrudgingly, and the unit is now riding high heading into its bowl showdown. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson (21), Senior, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff. - ACC football

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 3/93 - Brandon Thompson, DT, 6-2, 314, Clemson...He did 36 bench press reps at the combine so it is also another big, strong presence to stop the run. - The Sports Xchange

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