The 2016 NFL Combine has wrapped up and while Riley Dixon's fate was almost-always destined to be determined as an UDFA, former Syracuse Orange Ron Thompson is angling for a chance to hear his name called on NFL Draft day. Thompson's performance overall, however, probably isn't going to sway anyone into moving him up the charts just yet.
He ran a 4.92-second 40-yard dash, posted 18 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, had a 7.76-second three-cone drill and a 4.5-second 20-yard shuttle. Those numbers are all in the middle of the pack.
That 40 time was especially a bummer as it put him squarely behind guys like behind Robert Nkemdiche (4.87), Carl Nassib (4.84) and Shaq Lawson (4.70), all of whom already have enough ink as it is.
Of course, Ron still has plenty more chances thanks to the Syracuse Pro Day and individual workout opportunities with teams. Thompson will likely be transitioning to play a linebacker in the pros, which means it'll be his third position in four years. There's only so much change that Ron likes and he told Syracuse.com that change was a big part of the reason he left early.
"I just felt like it was so many changes being made and I was going to have to get re-adjusted to what I've been used to," the ex-Syracuse defensive end said at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. "It was already my second coaching staff. It would have been my third, so I just figured I would take my chances going pro."
"Certain things just happened, and I said, 'Yeah, I'm over being here in college,' and I just wanted to make the transition," Thompson said.
Thompson said he did have a sit-down meeting with Dino Babers but that wasn't enough to make him stay.
"I went through the whole process with him," Thompson said. "I heard what he was saying, but afterward, I just thought it was in the best interest for me to go pro rather than stay in college. I feel like they're going to make Syracuse a better program. I just feel like making on all them changes wasn't the right move for me at that point."
Fair enough, really. The people who convinced Ron to come to Syracuse are all long gone and between injuries, coaching changes, and position changes, it makes sense that he's had his fill.
Hopefully he gets a chance to make it all count in the NFL.