Juan Thornhill

Virginia

Prospect Info

College
Virginia
Hometown
Class
VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
205 lbs
31 1/8”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.85
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Chiefs
Round 2 ‧ Pick 31
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.42u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
44.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
141.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Playlist

Thornhill looked destined for collegiate athletic success after he made SportsCenter as a high school basketball player due to his dunking prowess. He was also an All-State defender and quarterback for a two-time state champion Altavista High School in Virginia. Thornhill played in nine games as a reserve as a true freshman (two tackles), then became a starter as sophomore, leading the Cavs with three interceptions to go along with 45 tackles, three for loss, and seven pass breakups in 12 games (11 starts). He garnered third-team All-ACC honors in 2017, starting 12 games and posting 63 tackles, 4.5 for loss, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups. Thornhill saved his best for last, grabbing first-team all-conference accolades as a senior by leading Virginia in total tackles (98) and interceptions (six, which tied for third in the FBS) while also making 4.5 tackles for loss and breaking up seven passes.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Overview
Three-year starter who proved he could bring his instincts and ball skills with him from cornerback to safety in 2018. Thornhill's size and cover talent should allow defensive coordinators the freedom to deploy him around the field in a variety of ways depending on the matchups and his running mate at safety. While he could garner consideration as a corner, safety gives him his best opportunity to become an early starter.
Strengths
  • NFL size and wingspan for the position
  • Former cornerback with carryover ball-hawking mentality
  • Works eyes from ball to receiver to ball again with no issues picking it back up
  • Recognition of route combos gives him head-start on throws
  • Effective playing with back to the ball
  • Treats every target like it is thrown to him
  • Crowds receivers and outworks them for catch space
  • Quick trigger to challenge dig routes
  • Rangy to get to deep part of the field in coverage
  • Can line up over slot on matchup tight ends
  • Athleticism to handle open-field tackling in wide-open space
  • Runs the alley with good pursuit pace
  • Closes distance and drives through runner's legs to finish
Weaknesses
  • Body doesn't appear to carry the puffed-up weight total from the spring
  • Narrow frame for work in the box
  • Needs improvement in attacking blocks near the line
  • Hasn't fully adjusted to run-pursuit angles as safety just yet
  • Occasional busts in coverage as he learns new responsibilities
  • Slow to open and sprint when transitioning on deep throws
  • Has to balance playmaking instincts with more caution when warranted
  • Could have issues against bait routes and play-action early in career
Sources Tell Us

"We look for safeties who can take it away, and that's what he does. It wouldn't surprise me if a team drafted him to move him back to corner since he's long with ball skills." -- Regional scout for NFC team
GRADE
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