From Pro Football Focus’ top 10 true sophomores list:
8. Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
+11.3 overall; No. 63 among returning FBS defensive interior linemen
Thompson only played 264 snaps in 2015 due to a lingering ankle injury but he had some dominant performances as a run defender when he was healthy. Thompson had 20 tackles, four assists and a +10.5 run grade. His 11.5 run stop percentage ranks No. 5 among returning FBS defensive tackles. As a pass rusher Thompson had one sack, one hit, 3 hurries and a +0.1 pass rush grade. Thompson should have a very productive 2016 as a run stopper and could emerge as one of the better defensive tackles in the country if he can improve his pass rush ability.
The timing of the injury last year was frustrating, as you began to sense he was starting to come into his own; he was clearly as talented, if not more so, than any other defensive lineman Georgia played in 2015. Let’s hope he can stay on the field all season. That d-line’s gonna need all the help it can get.