Welcome to "True Diamond in the Rough" last we covered the gigantic Receiver from Eastern Washington, Brandon Kaufman. We now go to my 2nd WR on the list. This one has a little more speed and even more amazing hands. give it up for
Jason Thompson, WR, New Haven
Height: 6'3 Weight: 190
40 Time: 4.47
10 Yd Dash: 1.62
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.61
3-cone drill: 7.19
41 games played
draft projection 7-UDFA
Not much is known about this kid, in fact, he was quite hard to find. But when I saw him, I saw his talent oozing out of my computer screen. Despite being in a D2 school, he was extremely productive. He started for New Haven in 2009 but didn't burst onto the scene until 2011 where he grabbed 43 receptions for 1046 yds and 14 TDs in 13 games. in 2012 he came up big again with 44 receptions for 881 Yds and 16 Tds in only 11 games.
New Haven is a run heavy offense. They only passes the ball when its second and long or a 3rd down situation. In that way, it is a lot like Temple where last year's undrafted free agent find, Rod Streater, came out of and it's the main reason why it was so hard to find him. No one looks for receiver talent in a school who runs 80% of the time (unless you're Reggie McKenzie).
In years 2010, 2011 and 2012, Thompson was awarded Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll which shows he is smart, disciplined and a hard worker. In 2011 he made Don Hansen All-Super Region Second Team and NE-10 Conference First Team and was ranked 41st in the Nation. In 2012 he was named Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He is New Haven's leading receiver and has come up big for them many times.
From what I can see in the tape, he can play outside receiver. He has amazing break away speed and after the first 20 yds he kicks it into high gear. Granted, he has played against D2 competition but when you see the video, even when they make him work for it by double or triple teaming him, he still makes amazing catches. Even when the QB throws a bad ball, he still finds a way to catch it. The kid has amazing hands, great acceleration, and a top notch vertical leap. He has very good height (6-3) and speed (4.47 40-yard-dash). He is a play maker and will always catch with his hands at the highest point. This is my sleeper pick of the year.