Taylor Thompson, the Tennessee Titans 5th round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, is a college defensive end that will be converted to tight end in the NFL. His athleticism and versatility is intriguing for any positions, so Tennessee took a flyer. As a senior defensive end at SMU he recorded 41 tackles, 6 forced fumbles and a team-high 7 sacks.
Instead of trying (and probably failing) to make it as a defensive end, he switched to tight end. Coming out of high school Thompson was ranked the 37th best tight end by Rivals.com. He dropped nearly 30 pounds and impressed scouts at the C-USA All Star game with his size, speed and catching ability. He is a durable guy that will certainly be a project for the Tennessee Titans, whom apparently are not happy with the bottom of their depth chart at the tight end position.
Pros: His size and speed are comparable to that of Rob Gronkowski and his hands are good too. He is a hard worker and is willing to play any role in Tennessee’s offense or defense, though he has said he would prefer to be a tight end.
Cons: Despite his unique athleticism and size, Thompson is a very raw prospect. He hasn’t played the tight end position since high school, thus his route running and blocking are somewhat questionable.
It is impossible to find footage of Thompson catching the ball or running route, but that does not mean he isn’t any good. With that said, I expect him to be a project player for at least a year. He will most likely unseat Daniel graham as the 3rd tight end on the depth chart.
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