Scouting Report: Syd’Quan Thompson

Written by Rob Engle on April 20, 2010

Syd’Quan Thompson

Position: CB School: California
Height: 5’9 1/4" Weight: 186 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.70

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

4th Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 3
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 9
Strength/Explosion 10 3
Athletic Ability 8 5.5
Durability 8 8
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 2.5
Potential 10 9

Defensive Back Specific Categories


Max. Value


Ball Skills 10 6.5
Man Coverage 10 9.5
Zone Coverage 10 7
Tackling 6 3
Run Stopping 6 2
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7
Physicality 6 2.5

Explanation of Player Grading System


Started all four years at Cornerback and never missed a game. A very talented cover corner with elite coverage skills. Has the speed, quickness, and burst you look for. Can turn and run with anyone. Very good instincts.


Very undersized and struggled against bigger, physical receivers. Not very physical. Kind of lazy and won’t give an effort if he doesn’t have to. Not a great tackler and he dives at ankles a lot. Not great in run support, but can do the job if no one else will. Only average ball skills.


Teams didn’t throw his way very often in his senior campaign which led to his huge drop-off in tackles and interceptions. The production decrease and his smallish size will deter some teams but he should still be a mid round pick and could excel as a cover corner in the NFL. He has a ton of potential, but if he’s lazy that could really change the way his career turns. It’s all going to depend on how he applies himself.


Three year starter at California.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-Pac 10.
2008: 1st team All-Pac 10.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a


Social welfare major at California.


No history of injuries, but did miss out in Senior Bowl game due to groin injury.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 48 34 14 0 0 1 0
2008 70 41 29 2 0 4 0
2007 78 55 23 0 1 1 0
2006 54 37 17 0 0 1 0

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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