Jalen Thompson’s forced entry due to testing positive for a banned substance to the NFL supplemental draft was a big blow to the WSU football team as they lost their best defensive player. But what is done is done and let’s look forward and see where Mr. Thompson may be selected in the NFL draft. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reported that Thompson had generally been projected to go anywhere from round three to six in the 2020 draft before his senior year. USA today was even more bullish on Thompson expecting him to be a top 50 selection next year.
Any team selecting Thompson would have to surrender their pick in the round in next year’s draft. It stands to reason that a team with either a need at safety or if it sees great value would select Thompson. USA Today sees the Philadelphia Eagles as a great fit considering Malcolm Jenkins is 32 years old and their other safeties are nothing to write home about. Thompson also shown the ability to play in the nickel which makes him more attractive. It certainly would be fun for Cougar fans to have Thompson on the same team as Andre Dillard. Niners Nation speculates the team could have interest in Thompson as well with the potential of surrendering a third round pick possibly.
Thompson’s future will certainly be affected by whatever the NFL teams find when they look into his banned substance violation. As long as he checks out the potential of a starting safety who could slide into the slot in nickel situations has to be attractive for many teams. Don’t forget that safeties are more valued right now than ever before as teams prioritize players who can and run and hit against spread offenses.
We’re sad to see you go, but best of luck Jalen!
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