Shaq Thompson
Shaq Thompson
25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Carolina Panthers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $8.81 million contract with the Panthers in May of 2015. Panthers exercised $9.23 million team option for 2019 in April of 2018.
Big game Sunday
LBCarolina Panthers
November 4, 2019
Thompson finished with 11 tackles (10 solo) and a sack in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Titans.
ANALYSIS
Thompson tied for Carolina's team lead in tackles, with his tally including three stops for loss. With another quarterback takedown, the linebacker now sports three sacks on the season, putting him one away from a new career high. With half of the schedule left to play, Thompson is destined for his best year yet, elevating his IDP value considerably.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Carolina PanthersPanthers 2019 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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274
716
267
465
150
352
101
332
199
111
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29
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2019 Shaq Thompson Split Stats
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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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2015
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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Ready to rock
LBCarolina Panthers
November 1, 2019
Thompson (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's tilt against the Titans, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
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Upgrades to limited practice
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
October 31, 2019
Thompson (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
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Hit with ankle injury again
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
October 30, 2019
Thompson (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
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Upgrades to full practice
LBCarolina Panthers
October 24, 2019
Thompson (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
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Limited practice reps
LBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
October 23, 2019
Thompson (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
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