Position:DE Class: Sr School:
Big 12 Ht., Wt.: 6'2½, 275 40 Time: 4.89 Grade: 3.21
BIO: Totaled 51/9/4 as a senior after 28/5/2.5 during his junior campaign in which he battled injuries. Named as both an all-conference and all-academic player in the past.
POSITIVES: Hard-working pass rusher who improved his game as a senior. Breaks down well, bends his knees and rushes the edge with speed. Tough to move off the point, stays on his feet and immediately redirects to the action. Disciplined, immediately locates the ball and works hard to defend the run or rush the passer.
NEGATIVES: Lacks bulk and strength, handled by opposing tight ends and slow to shed. Lacks the top edge speed and overall explosion.
ANALYSIS: A productive lineman four years running at Texas, Thornton has flown under the radar screen because of only marginal size-speed numbers. Has the skills to be a backup at the next level and to his credit has shown a steady line of progress the past twelve months.