BIO: Posted 40/496/2 as a senior after an All-Conference campaign the prior year with 51/994/11 despite missing the final two games of the season after breaking his right leg. All-Conference selection in 2003. Former 100 meter sprint champion in the ACC.
POSITIVES: Game-controlling and game-breaking receiver slowly recovering from his leg injury of .03. Good route runner quick into breaks, gets separation from opponents and works hard to come free. Consistently extends his hands offering the quarterback a big target, catches the ball away from his frame or gets vertical and adjusts for the difficult reception. Displays good timing, possesses soft hands and plucks the pass out of the air. Easily makes the reception in stride and previously showed the ability to run away from defenders down the field. Smart football player who consistently finds the open spot in the defense. Shields opponents away with his frame. Willing blocker who gets adequate results down the field.
NEGATIVES: Has difficulty in a battle against larger opponents. Not a true burner and did not display a second gear last season. Must improve his strength and ability to get off jams.
ANALYSIS: Justifiably a highly ranked receiver coming into the season, Thorpe struggled through the campaign off the broken leg. Seemed to lose a half a step of speed as well as a lot of explosion. Will be downgraded accordingly, yet good value in round two as he eventually gets back to prior playing form and strength to his thin frame. Could develop into a very productive second receiver in the NFL.