Tom Compton

Tom Compton

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Compton in 2016
No. 76Atlanta Falcons
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-10) May 10, 1989
Place of birth: Rosemount, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Rosemount (MN)
College: South Dakota
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Games played: 44
Games started: 10
Fumbles recoveries: 0
Player stats at

Thomas Compton (born May 10, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of South Dakota. He was drafted in the sixth round, with the 193rd overall pick, by the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Early life

A native of Rosemount, Minnesota, Compton attended Rosemount High School, where he was a two-year starter on the offensive line and led the team to the section championship and state semifinals.

College career

At South Dakota, Compton was a three-time Great West Conference selection—honorable mention in 2009 and consecutive first team selections in 2010, 2011—and 2011 GWC Offensive Lineman of the Year.[1] After his senior season, he played at the 2012 East–West Shrine Game.

Professional career

2012 NFL Combine

Compton was invited to the 2012 NFL Combine, where he was listed as the No. 9 offensive tackle prospect. Projected as a fourth round selection by Sports Illustrated, Compton was ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle available in the 2012 NFL Draft.[2]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 314 lb34 in10 in 5.11 s 4.60 s 7.59 s 30.0 in 9 ft 0 in 20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Washington Redskins

Compton at Redskins training camp in 2012

Compton was drafted in the sixth round of 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.[4] He was the first South Dakota Coyote drafted since Chul Schwanke in 1986.[5] He was officially signed by the Redskins to a four-year contract on May 6, 2012.[6] Compton was cut on August 31, 2012 for final cuts before the start of the 2012 season.[7] After not being claimed off waivers, he was signed to the team's practice squad the next day.[8]

On December 5, 2012, it was announced that Compton had been promoted to the Redskins 53-man roster after the Redskins placed cornerback Cedric Griffin on the Reserve/Suspension list.[9] He became the starting right tackle mid-way through the 2014 season, after the incumbent Tyler Polumbus was benched following poor performance.[10]

The Redskins re-signed Compton on February 27, 2015.[11]

Atlanta Falcons

Compton signed with the Atlanta Falcons on March 15, 2016.[12][13]


  2. "View Draft by Positions". CNN.
  3. NFL Combine Profile
  4. Fitzgerald, Gary (April 28, 2012). "Redskins Focus On Depth In Late Rounds". Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  6. Jones, Mike (May 6, 2012). "Redskins sign two more draft picks". Retrieved 2012-05-06.
  7. Jones, Mike (August 31, 2012). "Redskins' cutdown day begins". Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  8. Jones, Mike (September 1, 2012). "Redskins add CB Crezdon Butler to round out 53-man roster". Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  9. Jones, Mike (December 5, 2012). "Redskins promote rookie T Tom Compton to 53-man roster". Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  10. Keim, John (October 24, 2014). "Tom Compton in, Tyler Polumbus out at RT". Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  11. Keim, John (February 27, 2015). "Redskins re-sign Tom Compton". Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  12. Czarda, Stephen (March 15, 2016). "Tom Compton Reportedly Signing With Falcons". Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. "Falcons sign OT Tom Compton, LB LaRoy Reynolds". March 16, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

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