Thompson played all three linebacker spots at West Texas A&M as a senior. He was an All-Conference selection as a senior after leading the team with 104 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, also registering 1 sack, 2 interceptions with 5 pass defenses.
He was a steady producer at West Texas, with junior totals of 106/17/2/0/1 after tackling totals of 136/10/3 as a soph.
Thompson is considered to have all the tools to mature into a complete starting linebacker in the NFL, but may need time to adjust to the higher level of competition.
Here's the scouting report on Thompson:
He's a "productive and versatile linebacker best on the weak side at the next level. Breaks down, plays with leverage and displays a good head for the ball, quickly recognizing the action, then taking good angles to the play. Possess a quick first step to the ball carrier, fires up the field or collapses laterally defending the run. Fluid changing direction, displays good footwork getting through the traffic and stays with the action. Disciplined, keeps with his assignments and displays outstanding range. Gets depth on his pass drops, displays sideline-to-sideline skill and makes plays in every direction."
On the downside, according to scouting reports, Thompson is admittedly and undersized and slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point. Wraps up ball carriers but has tackles broken.