Deven Thompkins

Deven Thompkins

Measurements
  • Height
    5067
  • Hand
    8 3/4
  • VJ
    38.5
  • Weight
    167lbs
  • Arm
    30 1/2
  • Speed
    4.44
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Brian Friedland - Scout
Deven Thompkins
  • Overall Rank
    242
  • Position Rank
    28
  • Position
    WR
  • Team
    UTAH ST

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2018 13 9 65 7.2 0 2 CAR, 30 YDS
2019 12 40 536 13.4 4 6 CAR, 77 YDS, 1 TD
2020 4 20 214 10.7 1 2 CAR, 4 YDS
2021 14 102 1,704 16.7 10 5 CAR, 27 YDS

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Size is poor as Thompkins is listed at 5067, 167 lbs. Length is limited with 30.5-inch arms. Frame and durability are adequate. Only missed three games during his tenure at Utah State with two of them coming during the 2020 season but has a smaller frame that is not built to sustain large amounts of contact at the next level. Could stand to add a few pounds to lessen some of the damage that he will take if he makes a team as a slot receiver.

  • Size
    3
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 4.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Thompkins has adequate toughness. He is willing to take big hits over the middle and on deep passes. Instincts are adequate with flashes of above the line. Thompkins has the ability to find the soft spots of zone coverage in order to pick up big chunks of yardage (AT San Diego State/Q3/15:00). Effort and motor are average as Thompkins has a tendency to stop his routes too early and could stand to improvise more when the quarterback is rolling out of the pocket.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Explosiveness and speed are above the line with Thompkins having impressive straight-line speed. Body control is adequate as he is able to adjust well to poorly thrown deep passes (AT Washington State/Q1/6:55 & v BYU/Q1/4:40). Flexibility and bend are adequate with Thompkins being able to contort his body to make tough catches. Change of direction is above the line with Thompkins displaying an impressive ability to stop on a dime and make defenders miss. Play strength is limited with Thompkins being outmuscled in press coverage and not being able to adjust well to balls when defenders are being physical with him (AT Oregon State/Q1/7:35).

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    4
Grade 6.2

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Return ability is above the line with Thompkins showing above the line vision and patience to create holes for himself. This will be a place where he can help to earn himself a roster spot at some point. Perimeter blocking is limited. While Thompkins is willing to throw blocks, he tends to get pushed around far too often when doing so. Suddenness is above the line while overall release is adequate. Can use his above the line explosiveness to his advantage in these areas. Route running is average with flashes of adequate. Routes could be a little smoother, but he does show promise on intermediate routes where he can put his above the line COD to work. Ball skills are average with Thompkins having a tough time making catches in traffic. Vertical threat ability is adequate with flashes of above the line. Thompkins can use his straight-line speed to his advantage to get past defenders (v BYU/Q4/9:59). Run after catch ability is adequate with Thompkins having the potential to make defenders miss, but lacking the lower body strength to break out of more tackles (AT San Diego State/Q1/13:24).

  • Ball Skills
    5
  • Suddenness
    7
  • Release
    6
  • Route Running
    5
  • Run After Catch
    6
  • Vertical threat
    6
  • Perimeter Blocking
    4
  • Return Ability
    7
Grade 5.8

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Deven Thompkins came into Utah State as an unranked recruit from Dunbar High School. Thompkins played in all 13 games his freshman year with most of his impact being seen on special teams with 6 punt returns for 55 YDS and 2 kick returns for 68 YDS. In his sophomore campaign, Thompkins carved out a role for himself as a receiver, finishing third on the team with 40 REC for 536 YDS while also tying for second on the Aggies for receiving TDS (4). In a COVID-shortened year, Thompkins only played in four games where he finished with 20 REC for 214 YDS and 1 TD. In his final season with Utah State, Thompkins broke out to the tune of 102 REC for 1,704 YDS and 10 TDS while being the second player in school history to be named a Semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Trophy. He was also named a Third Team All-American as an all-purpose player while being named to the First Team All-Mountain West as a receiver. Deven Thompkins is a developmental prospect with active roster potential who wins with his change of direction ability, explosiveness, and prowess on special teams. To make an active roster, Thompkins will need to get stronger in his lower half to break out of more tackles, play with more urgency on his routes, and improve his ability to fight through contact on passes in traffic. He will most likely need to carve out a role on special teams.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Washington State
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Continually got behind his defender and showcased impressive explosiveness en route to having 8 REC for 94 YDS and 1 TD
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT San Diego State
  • Dec - 04 - 2021
  • Struggled to show off run after the catch ability and had a hard time against press coverage. Finished the game with 9 REC for 46 YDS
Best Trait
Explosiveness/Change of Direction
Pro Comparison
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