Round 3, Pick 70: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
The Buccaneers are in desperate need of picking up the pieces of a shattered secondary, however adding Alabama safety Deionte Thompson would be the wrong choice. Who knows, maybe Tampa Bay loves the triple-threat of injury prone, suspect film, and no athletic testing to judge.
Once thought of as a first rounder, Thompson now sits on the fringe of day-two of the draft as he has missed the entire pre-draft process with a broken wrist and has not participated in any athletic test. He did, however, go through defensive back drills at his pro day, but his reviews were not off the charts positive.
Not to mention that, even though Thompson often plays with his hair on fire, he also over-pursues, gets his eyes stuck in the backfield, and gets toasted in coverage. Clemson exposed Thompson in coverage in the national championship game and often targeted his side of the field as they steamrolled the Alabama defense.
The Buccaneers would be wiser to pursue Maryland’s Darnell Savage, or make an earlier investment into the earlier mentioned Abrams or Virginia’s Juan Thornhill. Chanting at the moon for Florida’s Chauncey Gardner-Johnson or Delaware’s Nasir Adderley to slip out of the first round also works.