8. Shaq Thompson, S/LB, Washington
People have been in love with Thompson's athleticism since he was a five-star recruit coming out of high school in Sacramento. However, all the athleticism in the world won't make up for poor instincts as a linebacker, and Thompson has yet to show he can make the necessary reads for the position. His 7.3 run-stop percentage was 41st among 58 draft-eligible starting inside linebackers, and he was an overall ineffective player against the run, outside of forcing and recovering fumbles.
Thompson's skill set translates better to safety, as he was smooth in coverage and has nickelback experience, but it's hard to feel comfortable picking a player early for a position you've never seen him play.
Have to agree the guy has bad instincts and is a chase and run down from behind type LB. Then all this talk about safety...Just don't see it. He is a tweener who is a jack of all trades master of none type guy. Even his sparq rating was only average while so many hype up how athletic he is. This is not the way to go(in the first) DG. Sorry about the title..he was number 8 on a list of ten.