Shaq Thompson
Shaq Thompson
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Carolina Panthers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson might not be better than average, but for this year at least he'll be busy piling up stops for a Carolina defense that figures to spend a lot of time on the field. He missed two games in 2019 - something he's somehow done in each of his five NFL seasons - yet still logged 984 snaps, a career high by 340. If he manages to play a full season, he'll be a candidate for 1,100 snaps, a workload too big to fail for IDP purposes. Although Thompson might play a little farther away from the action than the coverage-challenged Tahir Whitehead, Thompson should trend toward 120 tackles in his own right and offers superior blitzing ability otherwise (8.5 sacks on his last 2,225 snaps). Thompson's over/under for sacks is probably 3.5. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $54.2 million contract with the Panthers in December of 2019.
Notches six stops
LBCarolina Panthers
October 19, 2020
Thompson made six tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bears.
ANALYSIS
Thompson placed second on the Panthers in stops, bringing his season tally to 47 through six games. The linebacker has also defended two passes while forcing and recovering a fumble, but he's yet to record a sack.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Carolina PanthersPanthers 2020 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Shaq Thompson's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
230 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.64 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.08 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.99 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It seems absurd that the Panthers selected Thompson in the first round in 2015 just to be a part-time player, but that's exactly what they did, limiting the athletic linebacker to no more than 644 snaps in a year. With Thomas Davis finally gone, that will change in 2019. While Thompson isn't guaranteed to thrive after his promotion, he has shown intriguing blitzing ability, producing five sacks on his last 1,241 snaps. That would set his seasonal baseline to about four per season, presumably with upward spikes a possibility from year to year.
A first-round pick in 2015, Thompson has gradually improved his numbers each season. This year, he has a great chance to expedite his progress, as teammate Thomas Davis is suspended for the first four games. That should leave Thompson to start alongside Luke Kuechly, opening an opportunity for him to establish himself as Davis' heir in Carolina's dynamic linebacking duo.
A first-round pick in 2015, Thompson has totaled just 106 tackles, one sack and one interception since entering the league. While the three-down presence of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, who comprise arguably the NFL's best linebacking duo, leaves relatively few opportunities for Thompson, he's still only 23 years old. There's thus room for optimism that Thompson will increase his productivity at some point, especially if Kuechly's concussion concerns arise again. However, Thompson's upside will remain somewhat capped as long as Kuechly and Davis are healthy.
The Panthers' 2015 first round pick, Thompson is a hybrid linebacker that was somewhat slowed by a knee injury to start last year, but finished with 50 tackles in 14 regular season appearances. As the campaign unfolded, the Panthers found more ways to use Thompson, particularly his coverage flexibility. Going into his second season, Thompson projects as Carolina's third starting linebacker, which bodes well for an increase in production, but Pro Bowlers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis should continue to thrive in three-down roles, capping Thompson's upside should they stay healthy.
The Panthers' first-round pick this year, Thompson is an ultra-athletic linebacker that should allow defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to get creative with his scheme work this season. Although somewhat undersized, Thompson's playmaking ability should gradually see him emerge as the Panthers' third starting linebacker besides Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.
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Tops team in tackles
LBCarolina Panthers
October 12, 2020
Thompson finished with 10 tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Falcons.
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Records five tackles
LBCarolina Panthers
October 5, 2020
Thompson finished with five tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Cardinals.
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Bounces back in win
LBCarolina Panthers
September 28, 2020
Thompson made 13 tackles (eight solo), defended two passes and recovered a fumble he forced in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Chargers.
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Just three stops
LBCarolina Panthers
September 21, 2020
Thompson recorded three tackles (one solo) in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Hits double digits
LBCarolina Panthers
September 14, 2020
Thompson finished with 12 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Raiders.
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