The New York Giants have a glaring need to add depth and competition at the safety position heading into next season, and they appear to be turning over every rock in an effort to do so. The Giants have reportedly scheduled a private workout with Minnesota Golden Gophers safety Cedric Thompson, a player who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Thompson apparently impressed during the Minnesota Pro Day. CBS Sports said he ran the 40-yared dash between 4.38 and 4.44, did 21 bench press reps, had a broad jump of 10-feet-2 inches and a vertical jump of 40.5 inches.
Thompson is a 6-foot, 211-pound player who reportedly has the ability to play both free and strong safety. CBS Sports lists him as a player unlikely to be drafted.
NFL.com also grades Thompson as a player who seems destined to be either a late-round pick or priority free agent:
Combination safety with above average athletic traits and size, but plays with below average instincts and isn't as trustworthy as teams will like on the back end. Thompson seems slow to see things on tape and uses his athleticism to make up for it. If he can be trained to recognize and react more quickly, he has a shot at making a roster.
Remember, the Giants are allowed 30 of these pre-draft visits with prospects not from their local area. They won't all be used on players who could be drafted early. Many will be used on players like this whom the Giants would like more information and and may end up drafting late or inviting to camp.
The other known workout for the Giants thus far was with Arizona State safety Damarious Randall.