49ers sign DT Jordan Thompson at start of training camp

The San Francisco 49ers filled out their 90-man offseason roster by adding defensive tackle Jordan Thompson shortly before the start of training camp practices.

The San Francisco 49ers rounded out their 90-man offseason roster, filling the last available spot on Saturday morning by adding former Northwestern defensive lineman Jordan Thompson.

Thompson, 6-foot-3 and 292 pounds, went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft before being signed by the Indianapolis Colts.

He was later waived in late May.

Thompson contributed relatively effectively for Northwestern during his four-year career, which included some decent pass-rushing numbers and solid tackling numbers:

Jordan Thompson Defense & Fumbles Table
TackTackTackTackTackDefFumb
YearSchoolConfClassPosGSoloAstTotLossSkPDFF
*2015NorthwesternBig TenFRDL867130.50.010
*2016NorthwesternBig TenSODL8812202.00.010
*2017NorthwesternBig TenJRDL10818264.52.511
*2018NorthwesternBig TenSRDL121218306.03.032
CareerNorthwestern34558913.05.563
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 7/27/2019.

 

Kyle Posey over at Niners Nation found some scouting tidbits on Thompson, point out how the defender was the Big Ten’s best interior run defender last year with some impressive interior pass-rush abilities, at times.

That said, it seems as if Thompson is a bit of a tweener at the pro level, not quite being fluid and agile enough to burst off the edge, while not producing the high level of disruption along the middle.

It’s pretty safe to say Thompson is merely a camp body at this point. He’s essentially replacing veteran defensive lineman Cedric Thornton, whom the 49ers released on Friday.

With San Francisco kicking off actual training camp practices today, Thompson’s acquisition is likely one to merely round out the position groups and their respective tiers (first team, second team, etc.). One would guess Thompson sees time with the third stringers during camp, likely getting some field time during the second half of preseason games and some added exposure during the Niners’ final exhibition contest in late August.

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After that, though, one shouldn’t expect to see him come close to the 53-man roster.

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