This offseason Steve Keim has used the first overall pick to his advantage, adding considerable talent either in the NFL draft or off of the waiver wire.
And now, he and the Cardinals strike again and take advantage of their first pick in order to add a safety in the NFL Supplemental draft.
The #Cardinals have selected Washington State DB Jalen Thompson in Round 5 of the NFL supplemental draft, source said. First one off the board.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 10, 2019
Thompson reportedly lost his final year of NCAA eligibility after taking an over-the-counter supplement and entered the draft.
Off-field? You be the judge, but Arizona clearly liked Thompson enough to select him and seemed to feel comfortable enough with what he said after a reported meeting with the team.
According to a source, #WSU's Jalen Thompson lost his final year of eligibility because he purchased an over the counter supplement at a nutrition store. The source made a point to emphasize it was not a steroid Thompson bought. Will gather more details as they become available.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) June 29, 2019
Thompson had previously worked out and took a physical with the Green Bay Packers.
Arizona will surrender one of two 5th round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft in order to add Thompson to the roster. They still have one pick remaining from the Josh Rosen Miami Dolphins trade.
Some more information on the newest Arizona Cardinal is below
Snapshot of new #Cardinals FS Jalen Thompson:— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) July 10, 2019
Ht: 5-10 5/8
Wt: 186 lbs.
Arms: 31 1/4
Hands: 7 3/4
VJ: 33 1/2
Bench: 11 reps
Deionte Thompson in Round 5 of the actual draft and Jalen Thompson in the supplemental. Swearinger in FA after the Washington implosion and Budda Baker already in the building.— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) July 10, 2019
That's a strong safety room. https://t.co/z9opaALWZH
Thompson played both nickel and free safety for the Cougars and was a 3-year starter for the program and was projected as a mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
What are your thoughts on another addition to the 2019 Draft Class, Birdgang?