The Broncos have signed the first of their 2010 draft picks, inking seventh round pick cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson.
Thompson was selected with the first of the Broncos two seventh round picks (225 overall) out of the University of California.
While at Cal, Thompson was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in each of his final two seasons with the Golden Bears.
The cornerback started all 52 games possible over his four-year career, setting a school record for starts as a four-year starter at cornerback for Cal. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in pass breakups with 36.
He started his career as a Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman selection after starting in all 13 games, and finished it with 257 tackles, seven interceptions that he returned for 204 yards, two sacks, 20 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries — one of which he returned 15 yards for a touchdown against rival Stanford — and two punt returns that he brought back for 389 yards, including a 73-yard return for a touchdown. He was named Cal’s Most Valuable Back on defense for his junior season, when he tied a school record with 18 passes defensed, and held the title again as a senior in 2009.
“Basically, I’ll do whatever the coaches what me to do,” Thompson said. “Any position they want me to play, I’m going to play it. I’m just happy I was able to be a part of something that’s good in Denver. I’m just hoping to go out there and compete and do my best.”