It’s not too often we’re able to peg a player early in the draft process, but maybe that’s what ends up happening with Boise State safety Darian Thompson. Thompson is someone on the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ radar, according to this tweet sent out by Chris Trapasso of NFL.com
Thompson just finished his 40, running an unofficial 4.70. He weighed in at 6’1/7 208 pounds. A three-year starter, he finished his career with 19 interceptions. I found few weaknesses in my scouting report and he’s a guy who can play in the box and in coverage just as aptly. He’s a fit at strong safety, an obvious need for Pittsburgh with Will Allen and Robert Golden set to hit free agency. I mocked him to Pittsburgh in the first round while Dave Bryan put him to Pittsburgh in the second.
As for Trapasso’s report, the Oakland Raiders are picking ahead of the Steelers, holding the 14th pick while the Arizona Cardinals are sitting at 29.