The list of safeties the Carolina Panthers have taken a closer look at is expected to grow by one as Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports tweeted the Panthers will have Darian Thompson in for a private workout.
Thompson was a starter for Boise State for over three seasons and finished with 19 career interceptions, which is tied for the most with Middle Tennessee's Kevin Byard, who the Panthers met with this week.
Thompson is considered one of the top prospects in this draft class at the position and Scout has him ranked as the fourth best safety.
In addition to his play-making ability, he has the size at 6'2" and 208 pounds to play close to the line of scrimmage and be a factor against the run. However as Dane Bugler mentions in his scouting report, he has a tendency to be overaggressive in his angles and this results in missed tackles.
There is a lot to like about Thompson and why he would make sense for the Panthers' defense and the weaknesses he has is something that could be minimized with coaching.
The Panthers have looked at a number of safeties over the past few weeks, but it doesn't appear they will be using a high draft pick at the position. The team has looked at five other safeties in this class (Byard, Su'a Cravens, Jayron Kearse, Miles Killebrew and Vonn Bell) and all are considered mid-round draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.