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Friday, September 30, 2011

2012 Draft Nuggets - Brandon Thompson, Clemson, DT

Brandon Thompson, Clemson, 6021 305

Three-and-a-half year starter who plays hard and at times appears unblockable. Plays both inside tackle spots in a rotation where he is always fresh. Thick and powerful upper and lower body strength. Thick butt and thighs to help him anchor and stack a double team. Active in long and short pursuit. Hustler with good chase speed for a big man. Can change direction and has good functional movement along the line of scrimmage and down the field. Shows an intense desire to run down a ball carrier. Was in on 56 tackles, 7 ½ tackles for loss, and 15 quarterback pressures. Disruptive player who gets his hands up in the throwing lane and batted down three passes. He not only relies on quickness, but can shed the blocker and accelerate to the ball in a short area.