Biography: Four-year starter who played in four games as a senior before suffering a season ending knee injury. Totals last season included 71/1/2 after 66/5/8 as a junior. All-Conference selection as a sophomore with numbers of 103/5/23.
Positives: Feisty, aggressive cornerback with an injury history and poor size/speed numbers. Quickly locates the pass in the air, displays a sense of timing, and has a nice burst to the ball out of his plant. Physical with receivers throughout the route, willingly defends the run and makes a lot of tackles for a cornerback. Shows good route recognition in zone.
Negatives: Lacks size, exploited by large receivers or taken from the action by blocks. Does not possess the second gear or true downfield speed. Coming off a major knee injury.
Analysis: Thurmond was productive and opportunistic on the college level and was highly rated before his injury. Likely to fall into the late rounds of the draft, he offers potential as a nickel or dime back in a zone system.
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