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Should the Redskins Dip Into the Supplemental Draft Again for a Defensive Back?

NCAA Football: Eastern Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced just a few days ago that Washington State safety Jalen Thompson had lost his eligibility for the 2019 college football season for purchasing an over-the-counter supplement that was not an illegal steroid. Due to the suspension, Thompson has decided to enter the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft.

The would-be senior free safety has started the past three seasons for the Cougars, recording 121 tackles(11.5 for a loss), six interceptions, 17 passes defended, two forced fumbles and five fumbles recovered. He’s improved his play on the back end each season, as was expected to be a fairly high 2020 draft pick with another solid season. He’s viewed as the Cougars best defender, and quite possibly the best NFL prospect on the team.

Jim Nagy, Executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, posted this tweet about Thompson:

Should the Redskins put in a pick for the talented Washington State safety in the up-coming 2019 NFL Supplemental draft?

Thompson is expected to get drafted in a few weeks, and the range he’s selected seems to be somewhere between a fourth and sixth round pick. It’s likely the Redskins will receive a few compensatory draft picks next year, which could give them some potential ammo if they decide to make a run at Thompson.

With Nicholson’s future a bit murky at the moment, and Troy Apke looking more like a special teams contributor than potential defensive contributor, it may be wise for the Redskins to consider Jalen Thompson with a fourth or fifth round pick.


Should the Redskins make a run at Washington St. safety Jalen Thompson in the Supplemental draft?

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  • 38%
    Yes - offer a 4th round pick
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    Yes - but only for a 5th round pick or later
    (1432 votes)
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