Ron Thompson

Syracuse
DE #13
6’3″ 253

Pros:

  • Fluid athlete with good lateral quickness
  • Moves well in short areas
  • Effective spin move
  • Possesses the awareness to find the ball
  • Good in coverage
  • Fights blockers coming across his face
  • Wins off the snap with quick get-off
  • Slippery defender who plays in the backfield
  • Plays with desirable bend in his knees
  • Experience in a two and three point stance
  • Gets weight going forward in pass rush

Cons:

  • Severely undersized and will likely be asked to play as an edge defender
  • Doesn’t have a violent strike behind his punches
  • Isn’t much of a dog, particularly when setting the edge
  • Lacks aggressiveness
  • Speed off the edge is average
  • Stalls at the top of his rush without countering

The Michigan product chose to redshirt in 2012. He played in all 13 games the following season and recorded 20 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, and two sacks before starting all 12 games in 2014 and registering 32 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. He started all 12 games in 2015 and earned third team All-ACC honors after pacing the defensive line with 35 tackles.

Pro comp: Kasim Edebali

Draft projection: 6th-7th round

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