2017 NFL Draft

Christian Thompson, FS

School: South Carolina State  |  Conference: MEAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 211 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 4/130 - Christian Thompson, FS, 6-0, 211, South Carolina State...Mobile centerfielder ran a 4.50 at the NFL scouting combine. Big and strong enough to play in the box. Will begin his career on special teams and back up starters Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Ravens also selected speedy South Carolina State free safety Christian Thompson, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. A transfer from Auburn, the 6-0, 211-pounder is regarded as being interchangeable at free safety and strong safety. He was mentored by Ravens Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed heading into the draft. "Big, physical, he fits the mold of these three guys right up there," Harbaugh said."There is a theme to our draft right now." A transfer from Auburn, Thompson earned all-conference honors last season as he recorded 66 tackles and two interceptions. As a junior, he had 46 tackles with one interception and seven pass deflections. Thompson visited the Ravens prior to the draft. And Baltimore needed depth at the position with Reed often dealing with lingering injuries, including a nerve impingement in his neck, and reserve safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski signing with the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts this offseason. "We look at him as a real physical guy, the kind of safety that we like," Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said. "He will come up and really hit you. He can also play in the back end. We love him as a special teams guy, no doubt. We lost a couple of good players this year at safety who were good special teams players for us. "Christian was a player that we identified early. I think he was probably one of our favorite defensive players, certainly one of the favorite defensive players on the coaches' board this year, and we're excited to get him." - The Sports Xchange

02/22/2012 - Even though they are the lone representatives from HBCU programs at the Combine, the players do not necessarily consider themselves standard-bearers for the black schools. "You want to do well for the school that gave you an opportunity," Thompson said, "but it's more individual than that. If you do well and catch their eye, it's not like the scouts are going to say, like, 'Well, he's from a [smaller] school.' The fact that they thought enough of you to invite you kind of speaks for itself. If you're good, and you do well [in Indianapolis], then you wipe out all the excuses. You make it harder for them to ignore you." True enough. Still, in the past several years, if the NFL talent evaluators haven't quite ignored the HBCU schools, they've certainly found it harder to unearth many "draftable" prospects at programs that were once bountiful. The past three drafts have produced only 10 prospects from HBCU programs -- four each in 2011 and 2009, and a record-low two in 2010. The schools haven't had as many as five players selected in the draft since 2008, and the last year in which the HBCU programs hit double-digits in the draft was 2000. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/22/2012 - There are prospects from schools of just about every shape and size and college level -- even one from Canada -- represented at the 2012 scouting combine in Indianapolis this week. There just aren't, as has become the norm in recent years, many players from the once fertile draft grounds of the historically black colleges and universities. Only two, to be exact. That might not be reflective of the number of prospects who will be drafted from the schools in two months, and NFL general managers and personnel directors insist it does not mirror their collective stance toward HBCU programs, but it is indicative of those schools' continually diminishing impact on the draft. The two HBCU prospects at the combine this year are cornerback Micah Pellerin of Hampton and South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson. Pellerin probably is the higher rated of the pair, but even he isn't expected to go off the board before the fifth or sixth round. Thompson's size suggests he will be drafted, perhaps in the final round, but he could also end up as a free agent. Which is pretty typical for HBCU prospects. "This [week] is just another opportunity for me to show that I can line up and play with guys from [bigger] schools," Pellerin said. "I'm not going to back down. I want [scouts] to get to know me." - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

11/12/2011 - Richard Cue threw two touchdown passes en route to South Carolina State's 30-22 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday. North Carolina A&T (4-6, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) jumped out to an early 14-3 lead behind two touchdown passes from Lewis Kindle. However, a 37-yard touchdown strike from Cue to Tyler McDonald sparked a 27-point scoring burst for the Bulldogs. During the run, Cue also threw a 14-yard touchdown to DeWain Clark, Devonne Quattlebaum returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and Blake Erickson kicked two field goals. Cue finished with 161 yards on 13-of-27 passing but threw three interceptions. Kindle led the way for North Carolina A&T, recording 215 yards and two touchdowns. But his two interceptions sparked the Bulldogs' (6-4, 5-2) comeback. South Carolina State, on pace to finish with its first winning record since 2003, has won two games in a row. - AP Sports

10/29/2011 - Richard Cue accounted for three touchdowns and South Carolina State's defense shut down Howard in a 31-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory on a cold and rainy Saturday. The Bulldogs (5-4, 4-2) got on the board quickly with a field goal on their opening possession. After the South Carolina State defense recovered a fumble deep in Howard (4-5, 3-3) territory, Asheton Thomas scored on a 2-yard run. Then Cue took over. He threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Williams for a 17-0 first-quarter lead. After neither team scored in the second and third quarters, Cue resumed control, this time with his feet. He ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 71-yarder. The South Carolina State defense, meanwhile, refused to yield. Although Howard's Terrence Lefall rushed for 109 yards, the Bison managed just 189 yards in total offense. - AP Sports

09/12/2011 - SEPT 12 SPORTS NETWORK NATIONAL FCS CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Christian Thompson, South Carolina State, Senior: A pair of former BCS conference players, Ellis (North Carolina State) and Thompson (Auburn) played large roles in South Carolina State's 26-18 win against Bethune-Cookman, combining for 19 tackles and four interceptions. All four picks came at key moments, as Ellis derailed a Bethune-Cookman drive with an interception at the 1-yard line and then took back a pick-six with four minutes remaining to give the Bulldogs a 26-18 lead. Not to be outdone, Thompson intercepted a Bethune-Cookman pass in his own end zone early in the game and then sealed it by picking off a pass with 25 seconds remaining when the Wildcats were 40 yards from a potential game-tying touchdown. - The Sports Network


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