Former Cougar Thompson taken by Cardinals in NFL’s Supplemental Draft

Former Cougar Thompson taken by Cardinals in NFL’s Supplemental Draft


Washington State safety Jalen Thompson was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft by the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday.

Thompson is the 11th Cougar drafted under head coach Mike Leach and is the first Cougar selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft since quarterback Timm Rosenbach was taken by the Phoenix Cardinals in the first round of the 1989 Supplemental Draft. Thompson becomes the third Cougar drafted in 2019 after left tackle Andre Dillard was taken in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Gardner Minshew II was selected in the sixth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Thompson was a three-year starter at safety, a two-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection earning second-team honors as a sophomore in 2017 and honorable mention in 2018 and was an ESPN.com True Freshman All-American in 2016. Thompson started all 39 games played in his three seasons at WSU, recording 191 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 20 pass breakups, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

As a junior in 2018, Thompson anchored a Cougar defense that finished No. 42 in the country in total defense, led the Pac-12 in sacks, tied for second in the Pac-12 in takeaways and was third in rush defense. The Downey, Calif. native was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection after tallying 67 tackles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble and capped his career with five tackles and an interception in the Alamo Bowl win over Iowa State.