Darwin Thompson

RB, Utah State

  • Conf Mountain West - Mountain
  • Jersey #5
  • Class Junior
  • HT 5'8"
  • DOB --
  • WT 190 lbs





    Feet - Excellent foot speed and the ability to generate burst off his plant foot. Has high step frequency pressing the line of scrimmage and he fails to do much in terms of manipulating the second level. Makes dynamic lateral cuts with his plant foot extending well outside his frame.

    Vision - Does not see the field cleanly or anticipate creases well. Often cuts into tacklers and he struggles to make correct late adjustments when contact closes. Struggles to develop a plan in space. Unnecessarily quick to widen tracks working off tackle.

    Pass Protection - Lacks the size, length and anchor to project favorably to the next level and there are some disappointing exchanges on film. Too many late responses to pressure and he struggles to identify clues pre-snap.

    Receiving - Illustrates firm hands and the ability to extend his arms and squeeze the football outside his frame. Used frequently in the screen game and on flare passes and he has the juice needed to rip off big chunks of yards. Has experience running routes out wide and he’s a capable separator.

    Balance - Has a low center of gravity and he sustains himself fairly well through contact. While his peripheral vision often fails him, he is challenging for tacklers to square up and he takes advantage of loose tacklers. Controls himself well through aggressive cuts.

    Elusiveness - Exciting agility, twitch, wiggle and elusiveness to make tacklers miss in space. He routinely slips out of and breaks tackles. Unfortunately, some of his elusiveness is wasted by poor vision.

    Power - He packs quite the punch for a back of his size. Breaks through arm tackles and has an obviously low center of gravity. Faces more contact than he should but exchanges well.

    Competitive Toughness - No concerns here. Works hard to maximize his touches and he breaks through a lot of tackles. Despite smallish frame, he isn’t timid from contact and he does well to keep his feet engaged through contact.

    Versatility - Underwhelming vision projects him more favorably for touches in space as a receiver and wide carries. Between the tackle touches and duties in pass protection could be problematic at the next level.

    BEST TRAIT - Vision

    WORST TRAIT - Elusiveness

    Thompson wasn’t a starter for his high school team but became a star in the JUCO ranks before a standout 2018 season for Utah State. He is a smaller back but features outstanding contact balance and is quite powerful relative to his frame. Thompson illustrates impressive agility and elusive traits that leads to routine missed tackles. His cuts and body control are dynamic. The concern with Thompson is that he just doesn’t see the field well or make sound decisions with the football. He frequently cuts into tacklers, misses holes and takes poor tracks with the football. For such a potent weapon, those concerns loom large from studying his tape. Thompson has upside as a scat back at the next level that is best utilized as a space player.

    Round Grade - Sixth Round Value