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49ers sign DL Jordan Thompson to a one-year deal ahead of training camp

Thompson was a PFF favorite last season

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they had signed DL Jordan Thompson to a one-year deal. Thompson (6-3, 292) originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 3, 2019. The team waived him on May 20.

A 22-year-old native of Cincinnati, OH, Thompson attended Northwestern University where he appeared in 51 games (38 starts) for the Wildcats and registered 91 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six passes defended, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. As a senior in 2018, he started 13 games and finished with 30 tackles, six tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, three passes defended and two forced fumbles.

You can find his scouting report from our Northwestern team site here.

A portion of his strengths:

Thompson’s quickness and body control made him a relatively dangerous pass rusher from the interior at times over the course of his career, but his main growth was against the run. Pro Football Focus named him the best interior run defender in the conference last season, and his effective hole-plugging and playmaking led the 18th-ranked run defense in the country by S&P+.

And his weaknesses:

As mentioned above, Thompson currently lacks the size of an NFL defensive tackle. He took on his fair share of double teams over the past two years, but professional double teams are a bit different than they are in the Big Ten, and he doesn’t quite have the size to keep up. Thompson is a bit of a tweener at this point, because he doesn’t have much more than natural pass-rushing ability to use on the outside.