Photo of Khyri Thornton
Grade
5.0 ?
  • 5.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 304LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

2013: Second-team All-Conference USA pick after playing in and starting 11 of 12 games. Missed final game of season due to a leg injury. 2012: Played in all 12 games and made 10 starts. 2011: Played in all 14 games and made seven starts. 2010: Made Conference USA All-Freshman Team after playing in all 13 games. 2009: Redshirted.

Analysis

Strengths

Flashes shock in his hands. Solid anchor strength. Versatile and lines up all along the front. Flashes speed and short-area burst to flatten down the line and close to the ball. Three-year starter.

Weaknesses

Has short arms and small hands. Could do a better job working off blocks, creating separation and protecting his legs. Tends to wear down and tire late in games and effort wanes. Needs to develop more pass-rush moves -- stays blocked too long. Relies too much on his upper-body strength. Can be late to locate the ball and needs to do a better job of feeling blocking pressure and anticipating. Misses a lot of tackles. Minimal sack production.

Bottom Line

Has the size, brute strength and enough agility to warrant interest as a developmental, rotational five-technique in an aggressize, zone-blitzing scheme such as the Jets, Ravens or Steelers. Versatility is a plus.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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