2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama SAF Deionte Thompson

HEIGHT: 6-1

WEIGHT: 195

COLLEGE: Alabama

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

2018 STATS: 78 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles (14 games)

CAREER STATS: 112 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 7 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles (29 games)

GAMES WATCHED (7): Ole Miss, Georgia, Mississippi State, Auburn, Louisville, Texas A&M (2018); Georgia (2017)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S

COVERAGE ABILITY (15/20)

  • Good deep zone coverage ability
  • Can get a little over-aggressive with trying jumping routes
  • Was seldom used in man coverage, but struggled to match speed of receivers in limited reps

MENTAL PROCESSING (17/20)

  • Good instincts — always seems to be around the ball/near the action
  • Anticipates route breaks fairly well from zone coverage
  • Good spatial awareness in zone

SPEED/RANGE (10.5/15)

  • Long speed appears to be average at best in pursuit
  • Modest closing burst
  • Range is solid but not spectacular — relies heavily on instincts in single-high coverage to work himself into position to make plays on the ball

AGILITY/TECHNIQUE (10.5/15)

  • Reasonably agile and fluid
  • Backpedal footwork can get clunky at times and detract from transitional quickness

RUN DEFENSE (6/10)

  • Gets in on gang tackles
  • Typically takes good angles in run support
  • Jogs in backside pursuit at times
  • Inconsistent tackler — tape is littered with fly-by missed tackles and low, cut-down tackle attempts
  • Physical with surprising hit power when he lowers his shoulder

BALL SKILLS/PLAYMAKING (8/10)

  • Not a lot of ball production in college, but he appeared to catch the ball naturally in limited opportunities
  • Showed an ability to play the ball through receivers’ hands

BLITZ (3/5)

  • Didn’t show much in limited reps as a blitzer

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (4/5)

  • Good height/length
  • Slender build could lead to durability concerns

OVERALL GRADE: 74.00/100.00 — EARLY 3RD ROUND — Complimentary starter or raw player with star potential

SCHEME FIT: Free safety in two-high looks. Has instincts/functional range to operate in single-high coverage at times.

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2nd round

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