2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LB Erroll Thompson

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Erroll Thompson is a top-heavy, old-school, thumper type of MIKE (middle) linebacker. Thompson loves physicality and would stick his head in barbed wire if that was the case to get to the ball. Fearless with sticking his head in the action, he brings lots of physicality to ball-carriers and it’s often that they are knocked cleanly backward when experiencing hits from him. In his game, there’s little hesitancy with his pursuit to the ball. When diagnosing plays cleanly, he flies to the ball as quickly as possible. Seen as the leader of the defense, he’s often seen relaying calls, checks, and helping others who are misaligned on certain plays prior to the snap. On plays in between the tackles that involve lead blockers, he makes them buckle up their chin straps and bite down on their mouthpieces. That’s the level of physicality that he brings to the table. While evaluators will love to see the physical portions of his playing style, his aggressiveness/urgency can often get him in trouble against play-action passes. Thompson is often influenced too easily by fakes and he doesn’t have the natural athleticism to recover from early misjudgments. In coverage, he can be a bit of a fish out of water in that all of his movements and drops don’t look fluid. He’s more of a grass dropper and the areas that he’s designed to go to, he will do exactly that without having the awareness of what routes are entering/exiting his zone areas.

Ideal Role: Developmental MIKE or JACK linebacker in a 3-4 defensive front.

Scheme Fit: MIKE or JACK linebacker in a three-man defensive front.

Written by Jordan Reid

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Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.

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