Biography: Three-year starter used at both safety and cornerback. Senior totals included 102 tackles/3 interceptions/6 pass breakups after he had 64 tackles and nine pass defenses as a junior when he was awarded All-conference honors.
Positives: Adequately sized defensive back who is best facing the action. Effectively diagnoses plays, shows the ability to get outside the numbers in coverage and keeps the action in front of him. Squares into tackles, wraps up ballcarriers and gives effort. Quick closing to the action and has a burst of speed.
Negatives: Marginal man-to-man coverage skills and struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Does not show top speed out to the sidelines or in the deep field.
Analysis: Thorpe possesses solid size and offers potential as a zone safety.
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