Leave it to Butch Davis to pick an unknown linebacker from West Texas A&M with the Cleveland Browns' second-round pick in 2003. Thompson barely contributed to the team in his rookie season with just 11 tackles. He started the majority of the team's games over the next two seasons, but his productivity never matched the hype given to him by Davis.
It's hard to believe that Thompson spent five years as a member of the Browns. Can you honestly remember a meaningful game that Thompson had during that span? His most significant contributions seemed to come on special teams, which is not the sole output you want from your second-round pick. I guess Davis fell in love with Thompson's speed and raw talent.
In doing research on Thompson, I came across this former scouting report on him. At the time it was posted in his rookie season, the odds of Thompson being a Pro Bowler was listed as 20%. o_O
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