Darian Thompson, FS, New York Giants
It would be nice if the Chargers were able to have a true center fielder at the safety position, so they can use Derwin James in his natural position closer to the line of scrimmage knocking heads off and covering big athletic tight ends.
I was completely shocked when I read that Darian Thompson was one of the cuts that the Giants have made, due to the fact that Thompson started 16 games last season.
Thompson has experience playing that single high safety and his coverage skills looked impressive at times, but his playmaking ability wasn’t up to par with his college resume, but it was his rookie year.
He still has time to develop and grow in the NFL. He is a better cover safety than a tackling safety, but we won’t ask him to come down in the box. Although he does have a talent of getting to the quarterback when he is blitzing.
Yes, Thompson is dealing with a hamstring injury which some say caused him to be cut, but when he gets healthy the possibilities are endless.
Thompson has the instincts, the range and a knack for getting to the ball. I don’t think he’ll be an All-Pro anytime soon, but he can be very valuable to this Chargers’ star-studded defense.