Thompson 'pretty surprised' Giants picked him

The Giants third round pick thought about the possibility of becoming a Giants in the days leading up to the draft, but when Big Blue came calling he admits that he was surprised that they chose him.

With the  No. 71 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the New York Giants went for prolific turnover machine Darian Thompson, a safety out of Boise State.

            Thompson, the now former Bronco, joins first round pick Eli Apple as the newest additions to the secondary and he had to admit he was pretty surprised to end up in Big Blue Nation.

            “I was pretty surprised,” said Thompson. “Pretty surprised…and I’m happy. This is the one place I thought before the draft that I could end up, and I’m happy that it happened to be there.”

            Giants fans should be happy as Thompson is viewed as a steal in the third round considering his résumé. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety was a ball hawk securing a Mountain West conference record 19 interceptions in his four-year career.

            The organization clearly recognized Thompson’s knack for finding the ball in the air, which is why they met with him before making the decision.

            “[We met] A couple of times, not too often,” Thompson explained. “When I did, it went well. I’m excited that they pulled the trigger on me.”

            This pick was extremely smart by Jerry Reese and company with the safety position next to Landon Collins is there for the taking. Thompson will have to work out his tackling issues, but his brain on the field and being in the right place at the right time will be crucial in a now passing dominated league.

            Though he will be making a long flight from his hometown Lancaster, California to New York, Thompson is ecstatic the draft process is finally over and he can begin his career in the NFL.

            “I’m happy where I am now,” Thompson said, “I couldn’t be more excited…I’m just ready to get to work.


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