With the draft cycle winding down, the Falcons are getting in their last visits and workouts before the cutoff point for both.
It looks like Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff are getting in some sun while they work out a late-round running back prospect.
Saturday prospects in focus: #Falcons coach Dan Quinn & GM Thomas Dimitroff are in Gainesville today working out #UF RB Mark Thompson. … #USC WR Steven Mitchell Jr. has impressed while lending a hand in Sam Darnold’s workouts, as Mitchell has shown he’s overcome 2 knee injuries.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 18, 2018
Thompson’s very much a seventh round/UDFA target, and could be in play for one of the last picks the team makes (they’ve got two closing round selections this year, including the last one in the draft).
There’s not much out there on Thompson for scouting reports, but you can head over to DraftScout and see his solid Pro Day testing numbers (he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash). You can also read up on his journey in college leading to being a potential draft selection.
Thompson had 297 yards and three touchdowns as part of the Gators’ committee at RB, and posted up 79 yards in the air on twelve catches. In 2016, he did about the same (299 yards on the ground, 2 TDs, four catches for 105 yards and a touchdown). He very much seems like a depth running back, but for a team like Atlanta, that’s all you really need at the moment.
The Falcons have been looking at a handful of late-round running backs, as filling the RB3 spot will be in consideration for one of Atlanta’s picks. They’ve looked at talents that could go as early as the third round, so we’ll see if this draft is one they could use to groom Tevin Coleman’s eventual successor if he leaves, or just a guy that could replace what Terron Ward brought to the offense.
We’re about to hit a period of radio silence on what the Falcons are up to leading in to next Thursday’s big brouhaha. Then, it’s all downhill from there, and we’ll have a new group of Atlanta Falcons to parse through. Will Thompson be part of that group?