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Former Tide safety Deionte Thompson to not participate at NFL Combine

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After receiving great news of an aggravated assault felony case against him being dismissed, Deionte Thompson returns to training for the NFL Draft. 

Despite his projection as the No. 1 safety prospect for this year’s venue, the native Texan suffered a slight setback in his preparation. According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Thompson had surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. 

While he will not miss any action in terms of the National Football League, Thompson will likely not participate in the Combine on next week. Per a source, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine was told that Thompson’s agent “insisted” on him getting the surgery. 

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Alabama will have its Pro Day on Tuesday, March 19 and the former four-star will wait until then to impress NFL scouts. When it comes to a Super Bowl champion and a fellow Texan, Earl Thomas III of the Seattle Seahawks is highly impressed with Thompson. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first team All-Pro honoree, Thomas was an All-American at the University of Texas in 2009 and was selected 14th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.  

Like Thompson, Thomas attended West Orange-Stark High School. 

Thompson finished last season as a consensus All-American in his first year starting at free safety for the Crimson Tide.

He collected 78 tackles (second on team) and had six pass breakups with two interceptions. His range between the numbers, secure tackling and ball skills make an ideal first-round pick.

Pro Day will be a moment for Thompson to showcase everything. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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