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Shaq Thompson Taken No. 25 Overall In The 2015 NFL Draft

Former Washington outside linebacker Shaq Thompson was taken at No. 25 overall by the Carolina Panthers in this year's NFL Draft. He's the third player from Washington taken in the first round. 

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With the 25th pick in the 2015 #NFLDraft, the @Panthers select @ShaqThompson_7, LB, Washington. #ProDawgspic.twitter.com/3APLawlN6n

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— UW Football (@UW_Football)

With the 25th pick in the 2015 #NFLDraft, the @Panthers select @ShaqThompson_7, LB, Washington. #ProDawgspic.twitter.com/3APLawlN6n

— UW Football (@UW_Football) May 1, 2015

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Thompson, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player, stands at 6-foot, 228 pounds. He played both offense and defense in 2014, but was drafted by the Panthers as a linebacker. He's one of the most athletic players in the draft, and should be a contributor immediately.

According to NFL.com, Thompson's closest comparison is Brandon Marshall. Here's more:

Long, twitchy athlete with outstanding range to become a highly restrictive defender. Able to make plays well outside of his area against both the run and pass. With his big-play potential, Thompson could become a unique chess piece in the hands of the right defensive coordinator, but there are a growing number of teams that are beginning to struggle with whether to project Thompson as a safety or 4-3 outside linebacker.

The Baltimore Ravens are now on the clock.