Packers Meet With Jalen Thompson

Former Washington State defensive back Jalen Thompson visited the Packers on Tuesday and took a physical, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. It’s yet another sign that the Packers’ reported interest in Thompson is serious ahead of Wednesday’s supplemental draft. 

The results of Thompson’s physical will be shared with the league’s 31 other teams, agent Brad Cicala tells Pelissero. Assuming it all checks out, Thompson is likely to be the first – and possibly only – supplemental draft pick selected on Wednesday.

Thompson lost his final year of NCAA eligibility when he reportedly purchased an over-the-counter supplement at a local nutrition store. A source told Theo Lawson of The Spokesman-Review that the supplement in question was not a steroid, but it was enough to bring the defensive back’s collegiate career to an end.

Thompson attained freshman All-America status in 2016, was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a sophomore, and wrapped up his Cougars career with six INTs. In 2018, he picked off two passes, made 66 tackles and forced a fumble.

The supplemental draft allows NFL teams to select players who, for one reason or another, were barred from entering the regular draft in the spring. If a team selects Thompson, or another player, in the supplemental draft, they’ll forfeit the corresponding pick in the regular draft next year.

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  1. wrigleyhawkeye

    I believe the Packers are only competing with teams with 6 or fewer wins. A 7th round designation by Packers would trump even a 1st rounder by a team that finished with more than 6 wins. This is how it was described to me anyway. So what would it take? 4th?

    • mackows2

      it was described to you incorrectly. teams submit their bid for the specific round, highest round pick is awarded the player.
      each team is assigned a slot via lottery so if same round designation on a selected player, highest slot is awarded.
      it will take at least a 4th IMO

  2. jwoh13512

    I read earlier today that it might take a third round pick. Seems high to me as the guy didn’t have many picks.

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