NFL Draft Prospect: Syd’Quan Thompson

Sometimes, the less you see of a football player, the better he is. The perfect example of this would be California Bear senior cornerback, Syd’Quan Thompson. The reason you don’t see him too often is that TV broadcasts rarely show where the quarterback DOESN’T throw the ball.

Even with all the accolades (1st team All-Pac 10, Lott Trophy Watch List, All-American) Syd’Quan stays humble. “I’m always real critical about everything, even when someone says I do it well. I can always improve. I want to be the complete package,” Thompson stated in a tempered voice, which is about as excited as the laid-back Cal Bear gets off the football field.

The complete package is what Thompson is, having extensive experience at all the cornerback positions as well as being a dangerous punt returner. “Returning punts is a way to get my hands on the ball as a defender, I like to be on the field no matter what. I’ve always returned punts since I was a kid.”

When pressed into claiming why he would be a NFL Team’s best draft pick, Syd’Quan answered that, “I’m the most complete player. I’m tougher, I’m smarter. I’ll do anything to make the team successful.” Helping Syd’Quan be successful will be a healed-up ankle. After hampering him for his last 3 games as a Bear, Syd’Quan reported that, “It’s coming along, doing a lot of rehab, strengthening it.” He later answered that he feels like it will be ready to go just fine for the Shrine Bowl and the NFL Combine.

Even with the young talent in the Patriots secondary, the Patriots would be wise to take a look at this California Bear, if they can find some footage of him anyway.


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