With the 130th pick (fourth round) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Ravens selected South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson. He moved to free safety in his senior year there after playing strong safety as a junior.
An Auburn transfer, Thompson started all 11 games in his senior season at South Carolina State, recording a career-high 66 tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pair of passes. He also averaged 20.5 yards on four kickoff returns. Thompson garnered All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference honors after his senior season.
Ravens safety Ed Reed recently served as a mentor to Thompson leading up to this weekend’s NFL draft.
The Ravens were in need of safety depth after Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski departed in free agency. He will join Reed, Bernard Pollard, Sean Considine, and Emanuel Cook on the team’s depth chart at safety.