Has a tendency to begin to open his hips prematurely and has a tough time remaining balanced and cleanly redirecting when asked to change directions. However, he does display good speed vertically down the field, but is a bit high out of his transition and it takes him a couple steps to reach top-end speed.
Has a tough time finding the football once he gets his head around and seems to locate the throw late. But, does display good ball skills and body control and routinely is able to get his hand on the football to break on the play when in position.
Needs to do a better job taking proper angles toward his man after a completion. Showcases some fight as a tackler in the run game and does a nice job breaking down and keeping his legs under him when asked to tackle, but isn't nearly as impressive or balanced after the catch in the pass game.
Impression: Possesses good straight-line speed, but is raw with his footwork and isn't a guy who is fluid enough to play in the slot. Will have a tough him making a roster."
Positive: Skilled defensive back whose ability should translate well to the next level. Quick-footed in every direction, can flip his hips, and stays with receivers out of breaks. Shows an explosive burst to the ball and the ability to quickly drive out of his plant. Plays with explosiveness, remains disciplined with assignments, and has good hands. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up tackling.
Negative: Lacks size and strength at the point of attack. Lacks top downfield speed. Inconsistent with his reads in zone coverage.
Analysis: Thompson was a solid cornerback at Boise State since his sophomore season and offers the ball skills to play nickel back in the NFL."
Strengths: Quick, fluid cornerback who can come with the big play. Good flexibility and speed allows him to be strong in man-to-man coverage. Good instincts and hands result in INTs. Willing to roll-up and make tackles against the run. Will take on the blocker to make a play.
Weaknesses: Height and mass will be an issue when asked to play press-coverage against big NFL receivers. Can get 'muscled' out of the play due to smaller stature. Sometimes 'missing in action' and will be silent for stretches on the field - getting his play to a consistently high level is a concern. Some concern with level of competition faced in the WAC.
Projection: 7th round."
By the following year Thompson was a staple in the Broncos' secondary. He recorded 54 tackles and picked off four passes, including an amazing three interceptions against Hawaii. As an upperclassman Thompson took over more of a leadership role. He started all 14 games as a junior and intercepted six passes. He also continued to be a solid tackler and totaled 45 on the season.
Most opponents tried their best to avoid throwing in Thompson's direction during his senior season. However, Thompson still picked off three passes and broke up seven more. His tackle total decreased, but Thompson still proved to be a very capable coverage corner.
Thompson has great speed, but he lacks the size and strength to be a great corner in the NFL. Yet, with his speed, he could be a solid special teams player and possibly work his way into the secondary, but that may not be enough to get him drafted."