The Bills will be hosting Colorado Buffaloes safety Tedric Thompson on a pre-draft visit next week, per a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. With the team’s safety depth chart looking razor-thin, Thompson would give the team a new possible starter at the position.
The 6’0” 204 pound Thompson is a versatile ballhawk from the vaunted secondary of this year’s 10-4 Colorado team. He had a tremendous senior season, picking off seven passes, breaking up 16, and being recognized as the best coverage defender in college football by Pro Football Focus. He also had three interceptions in his junior and sophomore seasons.
The Buffaloes used him in a number of roles on the field, from a deep center fielder to a slot cornerback or a cover two safety. While his Combine workout numbers were rather pedestrian for a defensive back, his tape shows the range to break up sideline passes when he starts the play in the middle of the field.
Thompson is aggressive and a bit of a freelancer, and that can cause him to make the wrong decision or take a poor angle in the running game. While he has good tackling form, he lacks in core strength, and could be dragged downfield by ballcarriers.
Yours truly has Thompson graded as a third rounder, but his draft positioning is up in the air. His college stats and athletic profile look awfully similar to Jairus Byrd’s, and he could probably land anywhere between the second and fifth rounds of the draft.