Height – 5’8″ Weight – 200 lbs
Darwin Thompson runs with a great amount of burst for a smaller back. At 5-foot-8, 200-lbs, Thompson often looks as if he’s shot out of a cannon when breaking through the line of scrimmage. Thompson runs with good vision at the line of scrimmage and in the open field. A slippery ball carrier that is tough to bring down on the first contact. Runs with great contact balance which allows him to stay on his feet when taking on arm tackles at the line of scrimmage. Keeps legs churning through contact and seems to fall forward more often than naught. A very strong receiver out of the backfield. Showcases smooth hands, and a good feel for routes out of the backfield. Very athletic back for his size that showcases good long speed, short area quickness, lower body explosion, and strong upper body.
His size is going to be the biggest concerns from NFL scouts. Even though he has the thickness to hold up against the hits, the NFL shies away from short ball carriers nowadays. Took most of his carries at Utah State out of the shotgun, and doesn’t have much experience running from traditional formations. Former-JUCO player that only has one year of experience playing against FBS competition.
Darwin was shot out of a cannon here. pic.twitter.com/ayidaSuagh
— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 13, 2019
Darwin Thompson is a very explosive running back that possesses great vision, burst, and catches the ball well out of the backfield. Thompson has a good opportunity to find success in a “Tarik Cohen” role in the NFL, due to his change-of-pace traits, receiving abilities, and burst he runs with. Had an extremely successful junior year at Utah State after spending the first part of his college career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Finished his junior year with 153 carries, 1,044 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 23 receptions, 351 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.