Mountain West all-time interceptions leader Darian Thompson had to wait a little longer than he'd maybe anticipated, but the Boise State safety's patience finally paid off in the third round as he was selected by the New York Giants.
The two-time All-MWC first-teamer and former All-American wasn't even supposed to be Boise State's starting free safety in the minds of many, after Lee Hightower's eye-opening true frosh campaign put him in the driver's seat. But after Hightower was unceremoniously dismissed from the Bronco program, Thompson took over and never looked back...racking up loads of accolades and MWC records in the process. Overall, Thompson was the 71st player selected in this year's draft and the second defensive back chosen by New York (CB Eli Apple was the Giants top pick in the first round).
The Lancaster, CA native will now head to New York to try to shore up a Giants squad that finished dead last in total defense last season. Methinks their secondary just got a big shot in the arm.
Thompson scouting report:
Tall, angular build for the position. Eye-popping interception numbers (19) becoming the all-time leader in Boise State history this season. Soft hands and can make difficult, diving interceptions. Willing to take a chance to undercut throws and will run through receivers catch point to disrupt. Ready hitter with desired physical demeanor to play around line of scrimmage.