Defensive End / Outside Linebacker Ron Thompson
Thompson is another intriguing pass rusher, who the Colts think can make the full transition from college to pro.
After playing three seasons at Syracuse and enduring multiple positions changes, Thompson decided he was through with the college game. He chose to forgone his senior season and enter the draft as a junior. Unfortunately, he did not have enough experience for a team to draft him.
According to CBS Sports, Thompson was recruited out of high school as a tight end and then made the switch to defensive end as a redshirt freshman. He became an interior defensive lineman as a sophomore but then switched back to defensive end as a junior.
Despite the constant position changes, Thompson put up some nice numbers. He picked up 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in his career, including seven sacks in his final season.
No one is able to seamlessly make position changes unless he is coachable. Good thing Thompson is able to do this because he needs switch positions for the Colts. Thompson will have switch from a 4-3 defensive end position to a 3-4 outside linebacker role.
For this reason, Thompson is a project and should not be counted on to be an immediate contributor. However, there is so much potential with him. Remember, he has been a defensive player for only three years of his entire football career. He is still learning the ins-and-outs of being an effective pass rusher.
While he is inexperienced, Thompson is definitely one of the Indianapolis Colts’ most intriguing undrafted free agents. His ability to quickly accept coaching and adapt to change makes him a player to watch throughout the summer and into the fall camp.
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