The San Francisco 49ers announced on April 3 that they signed offensive lineman Tom Compton to a one-year deal. Compton was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2019, he appeared in 14 games (five starts) with the New York Jets. Keep reading to learn more about the 49ers newest offensive lineman.
Compton was drafted with the 193rd overall pick of the 2012 draft by the Redskins, where Kyle Shanahan served as Washington's offensive coordinator. He also played under Shanahan in 2016 with the Atlanta Falcons. During his sophomore season in Washington, Compton played at both right guard and right tackle, playing in all 16 games (nine starts).
Great West Conference Selection
A three-time Great West Conference selection (2009, 2010 and 2011) over his final three seasons at the University of South Dakota, he was the 12th Coyote drafted in school history and the first since 1990. Compton earned Associated Press first-team All-America during his final season, anchoring an offensive line that paved the way for the league's second-ranked rushing offense.
In the Community
Compton donated $75,000 to Hope Fieldhouse in his hometown of Rosemount, MN, a community center seeking to enhance and enrich the lives of children and their families within the community by providing a quality athletic facility that is purposeful, safe and fun. Following his donation, the project was nearly completely funded.
On the Silver Screen
The offensive lineman had a small role in the 2015 movie "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!", where he played a TV reporter.
Versatility on the Line
Compton has seen action in 99 career games (35 starts) at both guard positions and right tackle. Over the past eight seasons, he has played with the Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.