Publicly lauded by NFL people like Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy, the Kansas State offense is certainly different when Skylar Thompson is on the field. The Wildcats enjoyed the mobile ability of Thompson, who was very competitive and fought to keep his team in the game. His statistics were often harmed by the lack of quality receiver play that Kansas State had to work with on the perimeter. While his skillset is intriguing, Thompson doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback, at least not long term.

The Measurables

Skylar Thompson

HT: 6014
WT: 219
WING: 7478
ARM: 3100
HAND: 848
DOB: 6/4/1997
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Fort Osage (Independence, MO)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8783)
Phil Steele: PS#30

Combine Workout
40: 4.91
VJ: 31.0
BJ: 9-4
SS: 4.28
3C: 7.00

Skylar Thompson Complete Scouting Report

Arm talent is very intriguing. Would be above average among NFL starters. Throws well off-platform as well. Drives the ball well into the short and intermediate areas of the field. Doesn’t drive the ball to the perimeter very well. Displayed the ability to throw deep very well. Doesn’t show consistency with his touch ball, but does throw a good, catchable football. Doesn’t know when to throw with touch and tries to force throws with his arm talent. Release is slightly elongated, tries to push the ball through his arm’s release. Very wonky and it helps create an inconsistency with his accuracy, especially in the mid-to-deep range on the field.

Accuracy is typically between box and pinpoint. Throws into a smaller box than most. Tends to slightly underthrow the long ball. Accurate while off platform and works well through pressure. Ever since his pec injury in 2020, Thompson has been a very different and lesser player. Has the placement ability to throw that ball on in between layers of coverage and still keep it away from defenders. Really took a step back in this area in 2021 – struggled with throwing through layers with accuracy and timing.

Playmaking Skills

Thompson has a very natural feel for the pocket. Works it as best as he can. Struggles with ball security at this point – tends to hold the ball out and away from his body where it can get into harms way. Maneuvers in the pocket very well. Tends to keep his eyes downfield. Works through pressure well.

Excellent footwork through the drop. Stays prepared to throw. Doesn’t show a good plant stance through his release, tends to stand a little bit too upright and forces the release. Very quick feet. Has an excellent quick set. Doesn’t like to move outside of the pocket, but once he gets there he’s typically good. Has the athleticism to buy adequate time outside of the pocket to make throws downfield. Very strong athlete. Capable runner. Intriguing set of skills. Good quickness and tough running ability. Doesn’t have a lot of speed but can make things happen in space.

Flashes very impressive improvability. Has a playmaking knack that works at the collegiate level but may not moving forward. Extends the play very well. Deals with pressure without panicking and keeps the play alive. Did show this relatively consistently even after his pec injury.

Football Intelligence

Eyes work off the down field when under pressure. Doesn’t show a lot of ability to work through progressions effectively. Struggles with simple pre-snap reads. Not particularly adept at reading coverages. Doesn’t see the field as well as I’d like him to. Concerns were raised at the Combine through the media ranks with his composure and lack of general humility.

Suffered a pec injury in 2020 and missed the majority of the season. Suffered a leg injury in week 2 that forced him to miss three games again. Has played one full season in his career (2019). I don’t see too much upside to Thompson’s game. While he flashes big-play ability, the flashes are too inconsistent to be looked at as much more than that – flashes. His injury history appears to have held him back too, which is a mentality he may not overcome.

Overall Grade
Quarterback: 62

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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