Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
College: Boise State
Weight: 215 lbs
(Analysis of games vs. Washington, Virginia, and Nevada)
Positives: Darian Thompson is a ball hawk. He comes across as a player possessing good awareness. He seems to diagnose routes and route combinations well. Thompson is a fundamental tackler. He doesn't deliver a ton of big hits but can wrap up ball-carriers in the open field. Thompson was effective in both the run game and the pass game. Thompson came down into the box on many running downs and stayed deep on passing downs. When in the box, he was asked to cover the slot at times in man coverage and didn't look lost. Both his physicality and effort improved from 2014 to 2015. Thompson has good ball skills and can play centerfield.
Concerns: Thompson doesn't show many flaws on film. He's not a guy that has one elite quality but he does most things really well.
If drafted by Redskins: The Redskins need some stability at the safety position. DeAngelo Hall, Dashon Goldson, Kyshoen Jarrett, Jeron Johnson, and Duke Ihenacho were rotated requently through the lineup. Thompson would add youth to the likes of Jarrett and another piece to move around. The Redskins don't have a specific free safety and strong safety tag so anyone the Redskins draft would have to be able to do both which Thompson has done at the collegiate level.
Buzz: Thompson's performance during Senior Bowl week surely didn't hurt his stock as aguably the top free safety and potential second round pick.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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