Showcases above-average range in pursuit and can close quickly on the football from the backside. However, for his size, he isn't nearly as fluid in coverage as you would suspect and struggles to cleanly flip his hips and change directions in space.
Impression: An undersized 'backer who has some natural range, but because of his lack of power inside the box, he's going to have a real tough time making an NFL roster."
Positive: Competitive yet undersized linebacker who goes hard sideline to sideline. Breaks down well, collapses laterally, and makes plays in space. Remains disciplined with assignments, has fluid footwork moving in every direction, and shows a burst of speed. Relatively strong for his size.
Negative: Marginally productive in college. Lacks bulk and struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point.
Analysis: Thompson was a solid college linebacker and possesses enough skills to get consideration as a backup weak side defender in a conventional alignment."