Brandon Thompson NFL Draft Profile

Brandon Thompson NFL Draft Profile

Brandon Thompson, Senior, Defensive Tackle, Clemson



Brandon Thompson has been the unsung hero in Clemson’s often dominating front four. The 6-2 defensive tackle was expected to redshirt during his freshman campaign in 2008, but due to injuries was thrown into the fire. Even though Thompson expected to spend a portion of the season on the sidelines, he responded very well to his sudden playing time. On the year he managed 25 tackles and 5.0 tackles-for-loss.

Thompson moved into a starting role in 2009 and increased his production. Thompson stepped back into that role in 2010 and again had a fine season, tallying 56 tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 15 quarterback pressures. It was his pressure up the middle that allowed Da’Quan Bowers room to work off the end and have a superb season.


Final Projection:

Even for a defensive tackle Thompson is strong. His pure strength does not always show on the field, but he is getting better at keeping his point of attack low and using his strength to push opposing linemen back into the pocket. More importantly, Thompson can shed off blockers and tackle backs trying to get through the gap. Once NFL teams realize that Clemson’s great defensive ends have had the help of Thompson, his stock should soar into the second round.

1/5/12 Update:

And that is exactly what has happened. Thompson helped the Clemson defense have a superb season. The final result was not too memorable as the Tigers defense got manhandled by West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, but Thompson is finally getting the credit he deserves for the solid play of the Clemson front four over the last few years. He should test out strong in the pre-draft workouts and Thompson will likely be a second round selection come April.

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