Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson is a beastly run defender and has enough range in his game to attract a variety of teams in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The senior racked up 46 total stops and 2.5 sacks in 2011.
Strong against the run
- Stout build (6-foot-2, 314 pounds)
- Rather athletic for a big man (31-inch vertical)
- Impressive strength (35 reps at 225 pounds) and anchor ability
- Excellent run defender
- Disruptive hands
- Respectable tackler - more of the drag-down mold
- Experienced, three-year starter
- Potential to play five-technique
- Understands gap responsibilities
- Tremendous first step and initial burst
- Questionable technique
- Too often eliminated by double-teams
- Very limited as a pass rusher - one-dimensional player
- Struggles to disengage consistently
- Needs to improve his stamina
- Isn't laterally fluid
Expected draft placement
Thompson is a solid second-round prospect and shouldn't slide out of the round. He could draw interest from 3-4 and 4-3 teams. Expect the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots to all show interest in him.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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