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Tyrus Thompson | Tackle

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 336

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Vikings selected Oklahoma OT Tyrus Thompson with the No. 185 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Thompson (6'5/324) made 29 starts for the Sooners, playing left tackle as a junior and senior. He was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by the conference's coaches in 2014, allowing just one sack despite playing through a foot injury. Long armed (34 7/8") and adequately athletic (5.30 forty, 29-inch vertical), Thompson's weaknesses are run blocking, shoddy technique, and a reputation for laziness. If Thompson takes to NFL coaching, he could become a plus pass-protecting left tackle. If not, he could be out of the league quickly. May 2 - 4:21 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout said Oklahoma OT Tyrus Thompson "has all the talent in the world but he scares the hell out of you" because he "plays soft."

"He's a big good athlete," the scout said. "Just doesn't finish blocks." Another scout's opinion differed a bit. "He is not as athletic as I thought based on film," the second scout said. "Third round at best. Good size. Good kid." The 6-foot-5, 336-pound Thompson clocked a 5.40 forty at the school's pro day.
Apr 25 - 10:42 PM

Oklahoma OTs Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams met with the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams this week.

The pair, as in college, is doing everything together. They met together with the Vikings on Wednesday. Both prospects carry second-round grades. The 6-foot-5, 336-pound Thompson, who was shelved during the 40-yard portion of the combine due to a foot injury, clocked a 5.40 at Tuesday's pro day.
Mar 12 - 5:52 PM

The Vikings met with Oklahoma OTs Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams on Tuesday.

Either would be nice as a developmental investment in Round 2, perhaps kicking inside to guard for a season as the Purple milks another year out of RT Phil Loadholt and decides if LT Matt Kalil can hack it long-term as an above-average starter. Loadholt, who ended 2014 on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, is also a former Sooner.
Mar 11 - 2:07 PM

Oklahoma has two second-round tackles in Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Williams is the higher-graded of the two and is more consistent and powerful, while Thompson is a more natural athlete who needs to remove some inconsistencies from his game," the analyst wrote. The 6-foot-5, 336-pound Thompson boosted his stock by improving as a pass blocker this year. One notable performance that scouts figure to go back to is his impressive showing earlier this year against Baylor star DE Shawn Oakman.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 07:17:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson "struggles with leverage and technique, making too many mental mistakes at the position."

"Although he has athletic gifts for a big man, Thompson struggles with leverage and technique, making too many mental mistakes at the position. He will need to play a near-flawless game to keep future first rounder Vic Beasley out of the backfield and away from Trevor Knight," Brugler wrote. With a strong outing against Beasley it could help his stock on some draft boards.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:19:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang noted that Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson was "able to anchor better...than most collegiate tackles" against Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman.

"When Oakman was able to rip free from Thompson' grasp," wrote Rang, "the OU tackle calmly re-set, keeping his feet sliding and his shoulders square to Baylor's pass-rusher." The 6-foot-5, 336-pound Thompson was also able to use his bulk to keep Oakman at bay. "Each of Oakman's primary stops came yards downfield in pursuit after Thompson effectively had blocked him." Thompson's performance against one of the premier defensive prospects in the game is going to move him up a few notches on draft boards.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 02:06:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson as the No. 22 overall prospect.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder has made a leap this season, moving out of teammate Daryl Williams' (ranked No. 31 by McShay) shadow. "Thompson is a massive tackle prospect with good bulk, length and above-average foot quickness and lateral agility," McShay wrote. "He could afford to display more toughness on tape, and he needs to get stronger, but his athleticism allows him to do very well in pass protection and as a run-blocker in space. He is one of the anchors of a very good, very experienced Sooners offensive line." Particularly impressive has been Thompson's development as a pass blocker this year.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 07:05:00 PM

Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson isn't as "polished or reliable" as bookend teammate OT Daryl Williams, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Thompson started 11 games at LT last season after spending his first few years on campus as a part-timer. "Thompson lacks overwhelming strength and is too easily bullied on his heels, not effectively extending and utilizing his reach," Brugler wrote. "He will get grabby with late hands and reactions and needs to eliminate the mental mistakes and immaturity as a senior to prove he can be a consistent edge blocker." We saw Thompson as an average pass blocker last year, but Brugler is correct in his assertion that the prospect has good natural balance and rarely overextends himself. The tools, in other words, are there. "But in order for him to have a NFL future, he needs to show considerable improvement in 2014," wrote Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 09:35:00 PM

Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson suffered an ankle injury against West Virginia.

Some speculated it was a "gruesome" injury, but Bob Stoops did not go into to detail. Thompson moved to the left side this season to fill in for the departed Lane Johnson. He has looked above average in pass protection, but he's is still in need of refinement. The Sooners face Tulsa next.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Oklahoma sophomore Tyrus Thompson has earned the Sooners starting LT job, with 2011 RT starter Lane Johnson playing the swing tackle role.

The idea for keeping a 2011 starter in Johnson as a backup at both positions comes down to trust, and since Thompson does not have starting experience, a veteran presence to spell him is not a bad idea. "He's bringing it every day in our meetings. He's practicing well. He's had a great energy about him. He's executing the way we'd like him to," offensive line coach Bruce Kittle said. The Sooners interior offensive line has been ravaged with injuries this offseason, so the group will have plenty of new faces compared to last year.
Source: Tulsa World
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 09:22:00 AM