On an emerging Colorado team which saw a huge turnaround from a season ago, the Buffaloes clinged to their stout defense throughout the year. Tedric Thompson was the anchor at safety and gained steady draft buzz as the season went on. Thompson was all over the ball as he led the conference with 7 interceptions – also tying a single-season school record and recorded 18 pass breakups on the year. He should be a Day 2 pick and can develop into a solid starting safety in the NFL.
Name: Tedric Thompson
Comparison: Morgan Burnett
Draft Grade: 3rd Round
Positives: Height you look for. Proportioned body. Strong legs with good bulk throughout. Solid speed. Fluid athlete. Body moves in unison. A good leaper who can go up and make plays on the ball. Can hang down the field in bracket coverage. Very quickly reacts to what he sees and impacts a lot of plays. Very good ball skills and finds a way to haul in the ball. A hunter who likes to get in the mix and find the ball. Good physicality. A hard tackler. Plays with confidence and is animated on the field. Gets cranky after the whistle. Knows what is expected in the NFL. Handles the media very well. No off-field concerns.
Negatives: Height to weight ratio is not ideal. Has a tweener safety build. Lacks length which limits his disruptive range. Lacks great speed which will keep him closer to the box. Will prematurely launch and miss his target instead of showing patience and getting a body on them. Almost left football and was talked out of it by his teammate Awuzie after his concussion. Understands how the NFL works and may not want to stick around if he gets hurt again.
Outlook: Tedric Thompson is an intriguing draft prospect with solid size, athleticism, toughness, reactionary quickness and ball skills. Very similar to his brother physically and athletically but Tedric has a better feel for the position and under ideal conditions could develop into a Morgan Burnett type safety who can do a little bit of everything. Thompson is a good value in the back end of the third round.