Should the Chargers move on from free agent safety Eric Weddle, it’s possible that his replacement could be found in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft.
A young man from Boise State might be the answer, perhaps as early as the second round. His name? Darian Thompson. Let’s take a look at him
Weight: 215 pounds
40 time: according to NFL Draft Scout, Thompson ran 4.56 in the 40-yard dash.
- The former Boise State Bronco is versatile in that he can play either safety position as well as corner. He is known for being a ball hawk having made five interceptions, four passes defensed and forced two fumbles in the 2015 campaign alone. Career stats are 242 tackles (129 solo), 15 tackles for loss, one sack, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 19 interceptions. The nineteen picks set a new Mountain West division record, previously held by Eric Weddle.
Thompson is always on the hunt with displaying great instincts and awareness. He reacts decisively, is a run-stopper in the box who also can centerfield and drop into coverage or play man to man against the tight end and/or bigger wide receivers in the slot. Similar to Weddle, he is a very self-aware and vocal presence on the back end and can be the guy in charge of the secondary.
One of his weaknesses is that his aggressive demeanor occasionally leads to missed plays, as he sometimes loses track of the wideouts. He will need to learn to be more disciplined as he transitions from collegiate ball to the professional ranks. If he works on that part of his craft, his draft stock may go up.
Should Chargers general manager Tom Telesco decide to target Thompson, they may find stiff competition awaits. Due to his stellar Senior Bowl play, Thompson has met with 15 General Managers and had a personal interview with one NFL head coach.
There is no doubt he would make an excellent addition to San Diego’s secondary.
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