The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on every player on Clemson’s two-deep depth chart. We will break down what the player does best, what he needs to work on, how he compares to other former players at his position and where he fits on the Clemson roster.
Player name: Trevion Thompson
Player position: Wide receiver (boundary)
Years left of eligibility: 2 years
Current rank on depth chart: Second
Player productivity so far: Thompson has been part of the regular rotation for the Tigers each of his first two years. He has 21 receptions for 223 yards and a touchdown while playing in 27 career games. The redshirt junior sustained a wrist injury in the ACC Championship Game and missed the 2016 College Football Playoff against Ohio State and the National Championship Game against Alabama.
What player does best: Thompson runs very good routes and has good speed. He has good hands as well and at 6-foot-2 he gives Clemson another tall target in the red zone. He can play all three wide receiver positions in Clemson’s offense.
What player needs to work on: Thompson needs to continue to build his upper body and get stronger. He weighs just 200 pounds and needs to get to about the 210-215 range to handle the physical toughness needed to play on the boundary, especially when it comes to down field blocking in the running game.
Productivity of former Clemson players at the position (first year and last):
Mike Williams, 2014: Had 57 receptions for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 18.1 yards per catch. He had a long of 56 yards and averaged 79.2 yards per game.
Mile Williams, 2016: He had 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 13.9 yards per catch with a long of 50 yards. He averaged 90.7 yards per game.
Deandre Hopkins, 2010: Had 52 receptions for 637 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 12.3 yards per catch with a long of 45 yards. He averaged 53.1 yards per game.
Deandre Hopkins, 2012: He had 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He averaged 18.1 yards per catch with a long of 62 yards. He averaged 108.1 yards per game.
Deon Cain, 2015: As a backup to Charone Peake he had 34 receptions for 582 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman. He averaged 17.1 yards per catch with a long of 67 yards. He averaged 44.8 yards per game.
Deon Cain, 2016: As a backup to Mike Williams he had 38 receptions for 724 yards and 9 touchdowns as a sophomore. He averaged 19.1 yards per reception with a long of 65 yards. He averaged 48.3 yards per game.
What can you hope for? Thompson becomes just as productive as a backup as Cain was the last two years at the boundary position. He started to come on late in the season before injuring his wrist in the ACC Championship Game. He finished the year with 11 catches for 108 yards and one touchdown.
What is a realistic expectation? Thompson is capable of catching 35 passes for 500 yards and scoring at least 5 touchdowns.
What about the future? If Thompson can stay in his current role and continue to work hard, he will be a part of the offense. The coaches raved about his production in the spring and how in the first half of the spring he played with his injured wrist and never complained once that it was hurting or showed any affects from the injury when catching the ball or blocking down field.