The NFL Draft is now less than ten days away and the Redskins continue to host select players for pre-draft visits in Ashburn.
While some visits may be a smoke-screen, some may show genuine interest. Think Ryan Kerrigan in 2011.
Some visits clear up any questions the organization might have and it might help them push a guy off the radar, based on how he handles the time with the coaching staff and the executive branch.
For our purposes, a private visit in the weeks leading up to the draft makes it worth it to take a “First Look” at any prospects that Washington brings to Virginia.
If you've missed our previous installments from this year: Check out
Michigan State's Malik McDowell
UCONN's Obi Melifonwu
Florida State's Dalvin Cook
Stanford's Christian McCaffrey.
Recently, Colorado safety prospect Tedric Thompson was invited to Redskins Park and that led to us finding out more.
one-game (so far) “First Look” at Thompson
against UCLA in 2016, here’s what I observed.
**Early on (and often), he lined up in two deep coverage, then he lined up in very soft man coverage with a 15 yard cushion and yielded a reception with a push off.
*** On an interception by a teammate, Thompson is eight yards behind the interceptor and sprints forward like a rocket, to lay a huge spring block that paves way for long return. (2:00)
***Thompson’s acceleration and ability to close gaps really stood out.
***Thompson also showed physicality by peeling off a block in run support and switched for a big tackle off a block to allow only a short gain.
**Later, while playing single high centerfield, with a three-receiver overload on the UCLA Bruin's left side, Thompson is way off the pace of play for an easy touchdown. (2:45). He had to go from the opposite hash mark for whatever reason Colorado had.
**Thompson blitzed off slot edge which forced an incomplete pass.
**Thompson was just heating up, as he was in two-deep coverage on another play, with a scramble by the quarterback who threw the ball into a tight window and Tedric jumped it perfectly from behind and knocks it away.
9:10 mark of this DraftBreakdown.com video
, Thompson is lined up in a two-deep safety look on the right hash, Thompson rotates over and high points a deep pass for a pass breakup with good closing burst and leaping ability. It’s something the Redskins have not had in a long time.
***Thompson was beaten by tight end from UCLA, Austin Roberts, on a underneath crossing route out of the left slot. Way too soft of a cushion. Easy catch and run. Shows great catch-up speed to make tackle in pursuit.
**Seems like a good, emphatic communicator with late pre-snap shifts.
**Excellent at closing space and reading sideline boundary passes, timing up another pass and
breaking it up at the goal line at around the (10:45
Josh Liskiewicz of ProFootballFocus.com (PFF)
, "Thompson graded out as the best coverage safety in the country last year. 7 interceptions and 7 pass break-ups. Played a lot of man coverage in the slot and opposing QBs only completed 40% of throws into his coverage."
Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com) & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN