SCC’s Thompson gets NFL call

Published 12:01 am Saturday, May 6, 2017

LAPLACE — His college football career is over and the 2017 NFL draft is history, but Lazedrick Thompson is still working hard.

The former St. Charles Catholic and Tulane University running back was in between workouts this week to prepare for a big one next week.

The LaPlace native received a post-draft invitation to the Arizona Cardinals camp next week. He reports May 11.

“Oh I’m real excited,” Thompson said following his Wednesday workout. “I’m just blessed to have this opportunity. It’s another part of the journey.”

Thompson was a four-year letterman for the Green Wave who played in 39 games with six career starts at running back. He finished with 263 carries for 1,269 yards and 12 touchdowns along with four catches for 35 yards.

At St. Charles he was a three-year letterman and a member of the 2011 state championship team as a senior. He rushed for 1,583 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior to earn All-District, All-Metro and All-State honors. He also ran track.

“He’s very tough, very smart,” Comets coach Frank Monica said.

“They’d be getting a good one. He’s a downhill runner, he’s not going to waggle you, but he’s fast. I’m excited that he’s one of ours. He’s a great ambassador for our program.”

Monica said he’s most proud that Thompson is about to finish a Master’s Degree in business.

“That’s very impressive,” Monica said.

He is the second former Comet to get looked at by the NFL. Former punter Casey Roussel, also a Tulane grad, worked with several NFL teams in 2002-03.

Thompson said he intends to make the most of this opportunity.

“I’m a hard worker,” he said.

“I will do whatever they want. They want me to play running back, receiver. They want me to play defense, I’ll play defense.”