Getting To Know Our Rookies : Skylar Thompson


No. 19 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:June 4, 1997 (age 24)
Palmyra, Missouri
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Osage High School (Independence, MO)
College:Kansas State
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 7 / Pick: 247
Career history
Miami Dolphins (2022–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
2019 Liberty Bowl Team Offensive MVP2022 Texas Bowl MVP2020 First Team Academic All-Big 12Thomas A. Simone Award (2014)

Player Bio

Thompson signed with the Wildcats as the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and Simone Award winner as the top player in the Kansas City metro area in 2015, helping his team win a state title that season. He redshirted his first season in Manhattan, being named the co-winner of the team’s top scout team player. Thompson began the 2017 season as a backup but came on to start the final four contests (51-of-83, 61.4%, 689 yards, five TDs, three INTs; 69-267-3.9, three TDs rushing). He started 10 of 11 games played in 2018 (122-of-208, 58.7%, 1,391 yards, nine TDs, four INTs; 105-373-3.6, five TDs rushing). Thompson stepped up his play in 13 starts as a junior, garnering honorable mention All-Big 12 honors (177-of-297, 59.6%, 2,315 yards, 12 TDs, five INTs; 114-405-3.6, 11 TDs rushing). He was also named the team’s Offensive MVP in the Liberty Bowl against Navy (10-of-14, 124 yards passing; rush TD). Thompson’s senior season was derailed by an upper-body injury in 2020, limiting him to just three starts (40-of-64, 62.5%, 626 yards, four TDs; 19-38-2.0, three TDs rushing). He also missed time with a knee injury in 2021 but managed to start 10 games (162-of-233, 69.5%, 2,113 yards, 12 TDs, four INTs) and finished his career by winning Texas Bowl MVP honors in the team’s win over a depleted LSU squad (21-of-28, 259 yards, 3 TDs). Thompson lost his mother to breast cancer when he was 6 years old — just seven months after his grandfather passed from pancreatic cancer. — by Chad Reuter

Overview

Thompson’s passing production hasn’t been overly impressive and his health has been an issue over the last two seasons. He has a decent arm and can make plays on the move. He’s a decent field-reader who doesn’t take too many unnecessary chances but he’s also not going to make enough plays. The age and lack of consistent production as a passer hurt his chances.

Strengths

  • Shows ability to work through progressions.
  • Reads coverage on combo routes with timing.
  • Resets feet on the move to deliver from his platform.
  • Arm talent to make rollout and scramble throws with success.
  • Delivers deep ball with adequate touch.
  • Maneuvers around the pocket and locates his target.
  • Won’t take many unnecessary chances with the football.

Weaknesses

  • Will be a 25-year-old rookie.
  • Very average passing production over his 40 starts.
  • Below-average accuracy on drive throws.
  • Over-strides and sails the throw.
  • Forces receivers to break stride and work for it.
  • Throws need to come out with better anticipation.
  • Fails to fully explore passing options when he hits the red zone.
  • Missed chunks of time due to upper body, knee and ankle injuries since 2020.

My Take

I was surprised again when they drafted a QB, but I absolutely LOVE this pick because I feel Miami should be in the QB farming market and draft QB’s to develop with the aim of finding the QB of the future or at least trade him for future picks should he develop into a quality QB that some needy team would want. I see him on the practice squad and developing unless he finds a way to beat out Teddy Bridgewater (Highly Unlikely)  

Welcome To Miami Skylar Thompson 

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