Eyebrows were raised when the New York Giants made defensive back Mykkele Thompson, expected by most to be a priority free agent, a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Two years, one game and two season-ending injuries later, Thompson is still looking for a chance to prove that the Giants were right.
“That’s probably the biggest frustration,” the 24-year-old told me during mandatory mini-camp. “Just not being able to showcase what I’m actually about because there was a lot of surprise and doubt when I got drafted. It’s just me wanting to go prove myself to my teammates and the fans.”
Let’s focus on Thompson as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the Giants’ 90-man roster.
2016 Season In Review
Thompson made the roster as a reserve safety, but landed on injured reserve just eight special teams snaps into his first NFL regular-season game when he suffered a knee injury. He spent 2015 on IR after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during a preseason game.
“It’s definitely a challenge. You go from playing every game to actually being the one sitting out,” Thompson said. “It’s definitely been a challenge for me, but I just take it in stride, just try to learn and see what I can do different.”
2017 Season Outlook
If Thompson makes the 53-man roster this season, he will do so at a different position than the one he played during his first two seasons. The Giants have moved the 6-foot, 193-pound Thompson from safety to cornerback.
“Thankfully I was able to play that a little bit when I was in college, so it’s not completely new to me. It’s definitely a transition,” Thompson…
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