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Packers Might Still be Looking to Bolster Safety Position

Tony Pauline at Draft Analyst reported that the Packers, among other teams, have shown interest in former Washington State safety Jalen Thompson in the supplemental draft. Draft Analyst also reports that the Packers met with Thompson on Monday:

Thompson is meeting with the Green Bay Packers this afternoon as the team has shown a lot of interest in the safety. Other teams lining up for Thompson included the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals.

Jalen Thompson’s 39 game career total stats include 191 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. He was also credited for 23 pass deflections. His breakout season was in 2017 when he tallied 73 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 3 fumble recoveries. 26 teams were in attendance for the Los Angeles workout.

Height: 5 ft 10 in
Weight: 186 lbs
Vertical: 33.5
40-yard Dash: 4.47/4.56 – 4.16 short shuttle – 6.98 three cone

Washington State Cougars Jalen Thompson

Dec 28, 2018; San Antonio, TX, United States; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Hakeem Butler (18) makes a catch in front of Washington State Cougars safety Jalen Thompson (34) during the third quarter in the 2018 Alamo Bowl at Alamodome. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Thompson is entering the supplemental draft due to losing his final year of eligibility in the NCAA because of a rules violation. According to The Spokesman-Review, the violation was in regard to the purchase of a non-steroid over-the-counter supplement. The supplemental draft is for those that did not declare for the draft in April. It will be held today, July 10th.

Thompson’s statement on not returning to the NCAA for his final year:

“I want to take a moment to thank my friends, family, Washington State teammates, coaches, staff and most of all Cougar fans and inform them that I will not be returning to Washington State for this upcoming season. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity the coaches provided me at Washington State and wish my teammates nothing but the best for this upcoming season. I will always be a cougar and so appreciative of the tremendous fan support we always enjoyed! It is now time for me to take the next step in my football life and I embrace and look forward to the challenges ahead of me. Thank you and Go Cougs forever!”

As you may recall, the Packers added Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage, Jr. to the safety position during free agency and the draft. Adrian Amos fetched a contract worth $36 million and the Packers traded picks with the Seahawks to get their hands on Darnell Savage. This may also make Josh Jones and Tramon Williams wonder what their futures may hold.

You can see a full draft profile of Jalen Thompson by Cory Kinnan here. Kinnan details Thompson’s strengths:

Thompson offers a ton of flexibility to a potential defense, as he plays in the nickel, over the top of the defense, and even creeps toward the line of scrimmage on occasions.

It is evident by watching Thompson pre-snap that he is an extremely intelligent player, and often calling audibles and making adjustments to the secondary; it is rare that he is in the wrong position by the time the ball is snapped.

On outside runs, sweeps and swings, Thompson is talented about getting out into space. He takes great angles to meet the ball carrier as close to the line of scrimmage as possible and is more than a sufficient open field tackler.

While Thompson will never be placed on an island and his reps in man coverage should be limited, he is no slouch in one-on-one battles against backs, tight ends and receivers. He is a great umbrella over-the-top as well, evidenced by his six career interceptions over the last two years of his career.

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  1. Kato July 10, 2019

    I can’t imagine T Willy is in any danger of losing a roster spot, he was given a $1 million roster bonus in March. He has flexibility to play safety and corner in this defense, may as well keep him. Besides you can’t count on King to play more than 8 games

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    1. Jason Parker July 10, 2019

      I haven’t heard anything about Josh Jones lately – I wonder what will happen there.

  2. MJ July 11, 2019

    We could bid a 6th or a 7th, a 5th if someone upstairs has some info that this guy is the real deal. If we pull that off, we have another potentially talented safety for a number of years, and on the cheap. However, I would not yet cut TWilly just yet, since we would be lacking some safety experience.
    On other note, he is of the FS type, and we need a SS to replace Jones, who has expressed his desire to leave GB.

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  3. PF4L July 11, 2019

    Thank the good Lord for T Willy. I’d hate to think what our record would have been without him last season. It’s not that often you can take a non tackling corner and convert him over to safety, but you can when you are the Green Bay Packers.
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    No doubt, lets keep him. It’s not often you can pay a guy only 5 million a year to have an impact the way T Willy has.
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    Should we call that a bargain? Or a very expensive band-aid. You decide.

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    1. Kato July 11, 2019

      I sort of understood the deal last off-season, as they were pretty green in the CB room, a lot of inexperience and not mention he has played in Pettine’s system previously and could help the young players on the field. I can’t imagine there were other teams bidding that high for his services but who knows, a lot of NFL teams are irrational with spending in FA.

      I do not understand the logic of keeping him this year seems like a lot of cash to dole out for someone that hopefully isn’t starting this year and his only recorded stat last year besides tackles was 2 passes defended.

    2. PF4L July 11, 2019

      I just don’t understand how the Packers think, concerning the economics of running their business in aspect of signing players.
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      First Phoenix payed T Willy 1.975 mill for a one year, then just let him walk. I don’t remember any team vying for his services. So…it’s the Packers way to pay him 5.2 million for 2018. That’s a 263% per increase. For that foolish move, he gave them less production than he gave Phoenix…much less.
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      Not trying to bag on T Willy, because their are countless other players under the same scenario.
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      We could go to Graham, then to Wilkerson looking at return on investment, and that’s just last year. We could then work our way back from there starting with Martellus.
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      See what i mean….everything they do seems like a train wreck. Where are the successful signings? This season…..right?
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      So in closing, giving Billy Turner 9 million this season after Denver paid him 2.1 million last season. Hell of a raise amirite Russ Ball? Handing out two lottery tickets to the Smith brothers. Pardon my lack of enthusiasm for spending all that cash…..until i see the R.O.I on what that cash has bought. History tells me to proceed with caution concerning Packer player acquisitions.

      BROKEN….UNTIL IT ISN’T.

  4. PF4L July 12, 2019

    We will soon be reading an article in here about the Packers profit plummeting 98% in their last fiscal year, (i think).
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    When and if that article happens i’ll explain why Murphy is clueless in how he tries to deflect the real issues on this matter. He offers a reason that borders on being a blatant lie.
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    It amazes me to no end, when some people still think Mark is doing a good job. The Packers better do something good/great this season, or he’s a dead man walking. The same way Thompson defenders have now finally acknowledged that he was kept on too long. My opinion is that Murphy supporters will also be doing a 180 and will be singing the same song, in due time.
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    I said years ago Murphy was in over his head. With no NFL Executive experience, getting vaulted into the Presidents chair, As with all my other thoughts and statements, i stand by it.

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    1. stiggy July 13, 2019

      no doubt back to back years of poor performance have dropped revenues a bit. That being said… most of that revenue loss was throwing all the FAS contracts + rodgers mega deal in escrow (if i understand correctly)

    2. Kato July 13, 2019

      Packers better do well this year, or Murphy’s job is in serious jeopardy. Profits matter big time to a small publicly owned franchise like this.

  5. Kato July 13, 2019

    MVS is still training with Randy Moss. That’s solid. Glad he is doing whatever he can to become a better player and not a one trick pony deep threat guy. He to me is the most important player for the Packers offense to improve and be back to kicking ass and taking names.

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