Washington OLB Shaq Thompson's "elite athleticism and football instincts make his height -- or lack of -- a non-issue," opined NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.
"Even if he cannot out-muscle blockers, he finds ways to make plays and his rare skill set can help neutralize those bothersome strategic mismatches," Cooney wrote. At the combine, Thompson (6-foot 1/8, 228 pounds) clocked a 4.64 forty and added a 33.5-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 9-8. "Size-wise, Thompson looks like a safety, but at outside linebacker he outperformed AT&T with his amazing range and the ability to dial up a big play at any time while using rollover minutes to show off skills as a running back," Cooney wrote. When asked about his size at the combine, this is how Thompson responded: "I feel like size doesn't matter. There were a couple of times where I didn't get off blocks. But there were other times when I did. If you're a playmaker, you're gonna make a play regardless, whether you're getting blocked or not getting blocked. That's part of my game I need to tighten up and I'm getting better at it."
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