Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Xavier Thigpen

Defensive end
School: Southern Mississippi | Conference: C-USA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-5 / 240 | 40: 4.75 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.02
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Two-year starter who earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors and tied for the team lead with 11 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles while adding 44 tackles and five sacks as a senior. Named Honorable Mention All-Conference USA and made 33 tackles (12.5 for loss) with five sacks and two forced fumbles in 2016. Recorded 23 tackles (4.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks as a sophomore.
Pos: 
Tall, fluid defender with the ability to disrupt the opponent’s game plan. Moves well about the field, nicely adjusts and redirects to the action and quickly changes direction. Rarely off his feet and plays with balance and body control. Fluid in pursuit of the action down the line of scrimmage, gets good momentum going and flashes pass-rush skill.
Neg: 
Displays average first-step quickness. Has a thin build and easily gets out-positioned from the action.
Analysis: 
Thigpen has flashed next-level ability as a pass rusher over the past two years but must get stronger and add bulk to his frame. He comes with upside and should be given practice-squad consideration this summer.