Tom Compton


Redshirted in 2007, then started for the next 4 years.  Spent the first 2 at RT before shifting to LT.  Legit NFL prospect.  Didn’t play in the Shrine Game and go to the Scouting Combine by accident.  Has an excellent frame and good natural ability.  Looks the part of an NFL OT.  Problem is that Compton lacks polished blocking skills.

South Dakota uses a lot of 2-TE sets so it can be difficult to get a good read on just how good of a pass blocker he is.  They have the TE block the DE a lot and then Compton helps to double on the DT.  When Compton is on the edge, they have him cut block on a regular basis.  He’s got the agility to do this well, but tends to dive down at his targets rather than through their legs.  Compton does move well laterally.  He can slide inside or out with a rusher and block them off.  Looks less natural when retreating in pass pro.

Compton has potential as a run blocker, but must learn to use his hands better.  This applies to his pass blocking as well.  When he does lock onto a defender, he can look really good.  Too often he’s sloppy.  This is something that can be solved with some time with a good NFL O-line coach.

Compton had a great workout at the Combine.  You could see what a gifted athlete he is.  Right now he is an unpolished gem.  He is an athlete playing football.  If he works hard and has the right coach, Compton can become a good starting OT.  He’s just scratching the surface of his potential right now.  His best football is absolutely down the road.  Should go in the 4th or early 5th round.


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