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Khyri Thornton, DT

School: Southern Mississippi  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Panama City, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 304 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.992.821.7728 299'4"4.767.83

Player Overview

A three-star DL recruit, Thornton received attention from several Florida FBS programs, committing to South Florida, but they pulled his scholarship due to academic issues.

Thornton went to military school in the off-season to improve his grades and ended up at Southern Miss where he redshirted in 2009. He saw the field as a part-time player in 2010 and saw a handful of starts in 2011, providing quality depth on the DL.

Thornton started 21 games his final two years in college, combining for 16.0 tackles for loss and earning Second Team All-Conference honors in 2013.

He has faced an uphill climb to this point, but has the right attitude and work ethic with the on-field energy that makes him a nuisance to blockers. Thornton has active feet and the strength to match up well at the next level, but his consistency is an issue, stemming from inconsistent technique and instincts, especially as a pass rusher.

His versatility makes him a more attractive prospect and he can provided depth in multiple schemes, making him a draftable player on the final day.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Fluid lower body and easy movement skills with active feet to quickly redirect, showing some range - natural on his feet...fires off the snap with smooth acceleration, getting to his top speed quickly...quick hands and reflexes...very active and plays with energy, effort and hustle - pesky player for all four quarters...has developed his upper body strength and uses his hand grip to tear through blocks.

Has some lead in his lower body to anchor and hold his ground...persevering, positive attitude and carries himself well...puts in the work off the field...versatile experience (28 career starts) as a 4-3 under DT and also at DE and the tilted NT spot with USM's multiple fronts.

WEAKNESSES: Appears maxed out physically and lacks ideal length...too easily stonewalled at the POA and needs to add more ammo to his hands and provide more of a consistent shock at contact...pops upright too often and needs to maintain his pad level to create proper leverage...undeveloped hand technique and too easily handled by single rushers - functional strength is average-at-best and ends up hand fighting.

Pass rush instincts are lacking and needs to be more technically sound in his approach...leaves production on the field and needs to be more reliable in his movements to finish when the ballcarrier is in the area...minor durability concerns after missing the final game of 2013 due to injury...lackluster career production, especially as a pass rusher with only 5.5 career sacks - his sack total decreased each of his four seasons in school.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 3/85 - Khyri Thornton, DL, 6-3, 304, Southern Mississippi...Thompson sustained his track record of taking a defensive lineman in the draft, but this pick raised plenty of eyebrows among draft observers. As the Packers reshape the D-line by apparently moving on without veterans Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, who remain free agents, they are rolling the dice on a 24-year-old rookie from a dismal program who provides versatility and the hope of being disruptive to the football. - The Sports Xchange


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