Skylar Thompson
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Thompson in 2021
No. 19 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1997-06-04) June 4, 1997 (age 25)
Palmyra, Missouri
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Osage
(Independence, Missouri)
College:Kansas State (2016–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 7 / Pick: 247
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
TDINT:0-1
Passing yards:166
Completion percentage:57.6
Passer rating:57.5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Skylar John Thompson (born June 4, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kansas State.[1]

Early life

Skylar Thompson was a four-year letterer and starting quarterback, punter, and kicker at Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri. As a senior, Thompson threw for 2129 yards on 142 passes with 26 touchdowns on only 3 interceptions, leading the Fort Osage Indians to a 13-1 record and a state championship title over Chaminade High School. In the state championship game alone, Thompson threw for a Missouri state record of 455 yards and 7 touchdowns.[2] In his total career, Thompson threw for 6,222 yards on 423 passes (a 63% completion rate) with 72 touchdowns on just 9 interceptions.[3]

Thompson was named a 3-star recruit by EPSN and a 4-star recruit by 247Sports, accepting a full-ride scholarship to Kansas State over offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, North Dakota State, Ohio, Tulsa, UNLV, Wake Forest, and Wyoming, as well as several preferred walk-on spots, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, among many others.[4]

Thompson also lettered in basketball, baseball, and soccer, and was named all-Missouri in both basketball and soccer at certain points in his career.

College

After redshirting as a freshman and being named Scout Team Player of the Year, Skylar Thompson appeared in eight games and had four starts, throwing three touchdowns on 267 yards.[5] He was named the full-time starter as a sophomore and kept that starting role until graduation, but was constantly plagued with injuries throughout college. His sophomore year was riddled with minor injuries, including a broken rib and a twisted ankle, and in 2020, Thompson was ruled out-for-season after sustaining a serious upper-body injury against Texas Tech that required "immediate surgery".[6] Thompson was again injured in week 3 of 2021 against Southern Illinois, seeing limited time as a backup while healing and not returning full-time until week 10.[7]

When Skylar was healthy, he played very well and has since been considered one of the best quarterbacks in the history of Kansas State football, having the all-time record for best passer rating over 2,000 yards, the second-most career passing touchdowns and passing yards in school history, as well as the second-most total offensive yards for a quarterback in school history.[5] He finished his career with a total of 7,134 yards on 552 passes (a 63% completion rate) for 44 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.[8]

College statistics

Season Team GP Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2017 Kansas State 8 51 83 61.4 689 8.3 5 3 143.8 69 267 3
2018 Kansas State 11 122 208 58.7 1,391 6.7 9 4 125.3 105 373 5
2019 Kansas State 13 177 297 59.6 2,315 7.8 12 5 135.0 114 405 11
2020 Kansas State 3 40 64 62.5 626 9.8 4 0 165.3 19 38 3
2021 Kansas State 10 162 233 69.5 2,103 9.0 12 4 158.9 48 4 4
Career 45 552 885 62.4 7,124 8.0 42 16 142.0 355 1,087 26

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1+78 in
(1.88 m)
217 lb
(98 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
8+58 in
(0.22 m)
4.91 s 1.62 s 2.77 s 4.28 s 7.00 s 31.0 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
All values from NFL Combine[9][10]

Prior to the NFL draft, Thompson was predicted to be an undrafted free agent due to a history of injuries, his age, and a "lack of consistent production as a passer," according to NFL.com.[11]

Miami Dolphins

On April 30, 2022, Thompson was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft to the Miami Dolphins, the 247th overall pick that year.[12] Thompson's performance during the first two games of the 2022 preseason was notable, with ProFootballTalk noting that his success might force the Dolphins to keep Thompson on the active roster rather than risk losing him to another team.[13] Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel also noted that it would be difficult to leave Thompson off of the main roster in light of his strong preseason performances.[14] Thompson ranked second among quarterbacks in passer rating (138.5) at the conclusion of the 2022 preseason, behind only Sam Ehlinger of the Indianapolis Colts.[15][16] Thompson was named to the 53 man roster after final cuts.[17] Thompson made his NFL debut in Week 5 against the New York Jets after Teddy Bridgewater left the game with a concussion. He completed 19 of 33 passes for 166 yards and an interception in the 40-17 loss.[18]

On October 15, 2022, Thompson was announced as the Dolphins Week 6 starter against the Minnesota Vikings after both Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater were dealing with concussions.[19] He sustained a thumb injury after completing 7 of 13 pass attempts for 89 yards and was replaced by Bridgewater, who cleared concussion protocol and was active as the second quarterback.[20]

References

  1. ^ "Skylar Thompson (QB)". kstatesports.com. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Missouri Football POY: Skylar Thompson". USA TODAY High School Sports. December 3, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  3. ^ "Skylar Thompson's High School Football Stats". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "Skylar Thompson Recruit Interests". 247sports.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Skylar Thompson - Football". Kansas State University Athletics. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  6. ^ Sallee, Barrett (October 12, 2020). "Kansas State QB Skylar Thompson out for the season after suffering an upper body injury". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  7. ^ Summers, Mitchel (September 11, 2021). "K-State's Skylar Thompson injured in Wildcats 31-23 win". www.wibw.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  8. ^ "Skylar Thompson College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "Skylar Thompson Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  10. ^ "Skylar Thompson, Kansas State, QB, 2022 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  11. ^ "Skylar Thompson Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 21, 2022.
  12. ^ "The Reaction: Miami Dolphins Select QB Skylar Thompson with No. 247 Pick". www.miamidolphins.com. April 30, 2022. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  13. ^ Smith, Michael David (August 21, 2022). "Dolphins' seventh-round rookie QB Skylar Thompson continues to impress". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved August 21, 2022.
  14. ^ "NFL: QB Skylar Thompson has 'opened eyes'". www.nbcsportsedge.com. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  15. ^ "NFL: Skylar Thompson in 'great spot'". www.nbcsportsedge.com. Retrieved October 1, 2022.
  16. ^ "NFL: Colts QB Sam Ehlinger promoted to backup role". NBC Sports EDGE. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  17. ^ Cardenas, Anthony (August 30, 2022). "Miami Dolphins: Skylar Thompson is the MVP of the preseason". Phin Phanatic. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  18. ^ Owens, Jason (October 9, 2022). "Teddy Bridgewater sidelined in new Tua Tagovailoa concussion protocols; 7th-round rookie Skylar Thompson in for Dolphins". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  19. ^ Florio, Mike (October 15, 2022). "Teddy Bridgewater is cleared to play, will be No. 2 to Skylar Thompson on Sunday". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  20. ^ "Dolphins' Skylar Thompson exits with thumb injury as Miami QB woes continue; Teddy Bridgewater takes over". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 18, 2022.