The Buffalo Bills seem to have a fairly established pecking order at linebacker. There are three players whom most expect to start, then two more players who are expected to lead the special teams unit. That leaves one spot up for grabs.
In our latest installment of our “90 players in 90 days” series, we profile a UDFA looking to work his way on to the roster.
Name: Corey Thompson
Height/Weight: 6’1” 222 lbs.
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Thompson’s deal is a standard deal for undrafted players. His three-year contract totals $1,710,000, with a 2018 cap hit of $480,000. No money is guaranteed.
2017 Recap: After an injury-plagued start to his career in Baton Rouge, Thompson had his best season in his sixth year on campus. He combined to make 43 tackles, 7 of which were made for a loss. He also totaled six sacks on the year.
Positional outlook: With Tremaine Edmunds, Lorenzo Alexander, and Matt Milano thought to be shoo-ins to start, the rest of the players are looking for depth roles. Veterans Ramon Humber and Julian Stanford are solid bets to make the 53-man roster in September. Tanner Vallejo, Xavier Woodson-Luster, and Deon Lacey are the other players Thompson will battle for a spot.
2018 Offseason: Thompson has attended all offseason workouts to date.
2018 season outlook: Thompson’s lack of strength and size in the running game, combined with a lack of top-end speed, makes it a difficult sell to include him on the final roster. Although his scouting report on NFL.com says that he has natural feel as a pass-rusher and some good coverage instincts, they feel that he is a weakside linebacker who needs to show tremendous ability on special teams in order to make a roster. I think that Tanner Vallejo ends up the sixth linebacker, leaving Thompson vying for a practice squad spot in 2018.