Which is why when the big-school pro days wrapped up Wednesday at SMU, plenty of folks who were there walked away with more notes on Taylor Thompson than they had when they arrived. Thompson started 43 games at defensive end, including three as a freshman, in his career with the Mustangs.
He had eight sacks this past season to go with 44 tackles and played at just over 280 pounds.
But a player who hails from Prosper, Texas, knows his chances to prosper as a pro may rest on what he did Thursday. He showed up to pro day at 6-foot-5 and 259 pounds.
A former high school wide receiver/tight end who was recruited by Colorado State was clocked, according to scouts who were there, at 4.59 and 4.57 seconds in his two 40-yard dash efforts, put up a 37-inch vertical jump and benched 225 pounds 22 times.
Put that with a high-quality effort catching the ball in position drills and you just might have a top-100 player in this draft at a position he didn't play in his college career. That's especially true on this year's draft since tight end is generally considered the weakest spot on the board. The best at the position are the athletic Coby Fleener from Stanford, Georgia's Orson Charles and Clemson's Dwayne Allen.
Fleener ran in the 4.4s in his workouts, so that could push him to the top of the grouping by the time the picks get made. But Thompson, in a day's work, ran himself into the conversation
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