2015 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Select SS/LB Shaq Thompson

With the 25th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Shaq Thompson out of Washington.

Position: Linebacker/Safety

Measurables: 6’0”, 228 lbs, 33” arm length, 9.5” hands


Thompson has elite athleticism and instincts on the football field that allows him to play several positions on defense. He's a fluid, balanced athlete who changes directions easily and accelerates smoothly, and is a reliable tackler.

Physically, he appears best suited to the weakside linebacker role in a predominately 4-3 scheme. Thompson might be able to handle a hybrid role in which he's asked to play linebacker and safety, and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott loves that versatility.

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