Oct 29, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (98) breaks through the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offensive line during the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

With the 93rd overall pick, Bengals draft DT Brandon Thompson of Clemson

 

With the 93rd overall pick in the 2012 NFLDraft, the Bengals drafted DT Brandon Thompson out of Clemson.

 

Overview

Thompson brings value to the NFL in that he can play both defensive tackle or nose tackle at the next level. With his size and athletic ability, Thompson has been a disruptive force for Clemson. He plays stout against the run and will plug the hole well for an NFL team. He is able to find the ball as a defender and is effective after the snap in making plays in the backfield. He doesn’t bring a ton of pass-rush ability, but he will be able to serve as a strong presence up front. He has the talent to warrant a late first or early second-round pick.

Analysis

Strengths

Thompson is an incredible run defender inside. He is consistent in his play and uses his feet to make plays against the run. He comes off the ball quickly and is able to fill gaps well at his size. He also makes plays on the ball carrier. He is a very strong player who knows how to use his hands and disrupt plays in the backfield.

Weaknesses

Thompson tends to be negated by double teams inside. His substandard technique can limit him at times and contributes to his inability to get past those doubles. Though he is stellar against the run, he is limited against the pass, only occasionally making things happen as a rusher.        

 

 

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