2018 NFL Draft

Neiko Thorpe, FS

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tucker, GA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 198 lbs.
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03/13/2012 - Under-the-radar Pro Day workouts that opened eyes: Despite a weak class of safeties this year and the fact that Neiko Thorpe started 40 games (27 at CB from 2009-10 and 13 at free safety) against SEC competition, he wasn't invited to the Combine. As such, he took full advantage of the opportunity to work out in front of scouts, recording numbers that ranked among the elite of all defensive backs tested at the Combine this year. Thorpe was clocked at 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 4.01 seconds in the short-shuttle. He also posted a 38" vertical jump and a 11' 5" broad jump. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/07/2012 - With no Cam Newton, no Nick Fairley and just three prospects among NFLDraftScout.com's top 500 rated players for the 2012 draft, Auburn's Pro Day lacked anything close to the sizzle it provided in 2011. Nine Tigers and North Alabama running back Wes Holland worked out in front of NFL Scouts. Brandon Mosley, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9-rated offensive tackle, was primarily a spectator while choosing to stand on his results from the Scouting Combine. He posted a 5.21-second 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds 30 times, had a 27-inch vertical, a 103-inch broad jump, a 7.43-second three-cone drill and a 4.78-second short shuttle in Indianapolis. Long snapper Josh Harris stands a decent chance to get drafted, but managed only 16 bench reps at 225 pounds, although he did post an 11-foot, 5-inch broad jump, according to AL.com. Free safety Neiko Thorpe enjoyed a strong workout, highlighted by an 11-5 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical. That type of athleticism could help him sneak into the late rounds or at least become a priority free agent. Other former Tigers who took part in the workout included quarterback Barrett Trotter, linebacker Eltoro Freeman (28 bench reps, 11-5 broad jump) and running back Eric Smith, who was dismissed from the team before last season but was allowed to come back for the school's Pro Day. - NFLDraftScout.com

03/07/2012 - Neiko Thorpe knew he had one chance to make a good impression in front of NFL scouts. Thorpe, who wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, made it count Tuesday at Auburn's pro day in front of roughly a dozen scouts present to take a look at the Tigers' draft-eligible prospects. Thorpe, a safety who led the team with three interceptions and ranked second on the team with 102 tackles, measured 6-foot-1??, weighed 198 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds. He also recorded a 38-inch vertical jump, although he did only four repetitions on the bench. On his first attempt, Thorpe was clocked in 4.42 seconds. Both times would have been the fastest mark for any safety at the combine. South Carolina State's Christian Thompson was the fastest in Indianapolis at 4.50 seconds. "I felt like I did good, like I took advantage of the opportunity," Thorpe said. "Of course, like any other athlete, I felt like there were a lot of other areas I wanted to do better in." Thorpe, who has been training at the Rock Institute in Newport, Calif., turned in a good day and stayed an hour after the festivities ended to meet with scouts. "I can play corner, safety, nickel. I talked to a lot of teams, and I told them I play a lot of special teams," Thorpe said. "I just wanted to get out here and run and show them what I can do." - Joel A. Erickson, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

03/07/2012 - 2012 Auburn Pro Day Quotes: Defensive back Neiko Thorpe: On Pro Day performance..."I felt like I did good. I felt like I took advantage of the opportunity. Of course, like any athlete, I felt like there were a lot of areas I really wanted to do better in. Overall, I felt like I did really good." On his expectations for Pro Day..."My expectations were to kill it, to be flawless, which is really hard. I was training hard and that was my goal to hit all my goals. Like I said, I didn't, but I don't regret anything I did today." On if he felt like he impressed the scouts..."I do. I just wanted to come out and show them that I'm a guy that moved to safety my last year. I can play corner, safety, nickel. I talked to a lot of teams. I told them I played a lot of special teams. I just wanted to get out here and show them what I can do." On if it's an exciting time for him right now..."It is an exciting time right now. It's something that I haven't been through. I talked to some former teammates prior to going into this to find out what I should be looking for. They helped me out a lot. Today is the day that I've been waiting on." - Auburn football

03/07/2012 - The Auburn football program held its annual NFL Pro Day Tuesday with 10 former Tigers working out in from of NFL scouts for nearly four hours inside the Indoor Practice facility. The group spent time in two different sessions. In the first session, the groups were separated alphabetically into two sub-groups and conducted workouts in measurable testing. Those drills included the 40-yard dash, standing long jumps, vertical jumps, 225-pound bench presses and shuttle cone drills. After completing the testing, each player went through position-specific drills variable to their specialty. Included in this portion were sessions for kickers, defensive backs/linebackers, offensive linemen, running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks. Participating in the event were former Auburn student-athletes Chandler Brooks, Wes Byrum, Eltoro Freeman, Josh Harris, Brandon Mosley, Eric Smith, Neiko Thorpe, Barrett Trotter and Jay Wisner. Former North Alabama player Wes Holland also went through drills. The NFL Draft will be held April 26, 2012 in New York City. - Auburn football

03/06/2012 - This year's Pro Day at Auburn won't have the star power that Cam Newton and Nick Fairley brought to last year's event, but this group of hopefuls will nonetheless be looking to impress scouts Tuesday. Two players who attended the NFL Combine - offensive lineman Brandon Mosley and snapper Josh Harris - will try to impress again. Others from the 2011 Tigers scheduled to participate are quarterback Barrett Trotter, linebacker Eltoro Freeman, defensive back Neiko Thorpe, wide receiver Quindarius Carr, wide receiver Jay Wisner and place-kicker Chandler Brooks. Trotter, the only underclassman, decided to skip his senior season. He went out on a high note by coming off the bench to lead Auburn past Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. Two players who last played in 2010 - place-kicker Wes Byrum and running back Eric Smith - are also scheduled to participate. - Charles Goldberg, The Birmingham News

12/31/2011 - SCOUTING THE AUBURN PASS DEFENSE: The final numbers don't paint a true picture of how woeful the Tigers' pass defense has been this season. Auburn ranked 45th in the nation at stopping teams through the air, but that's more a result of the lack of good quarterback play in the SEC than it is a result of the Tigers doing anything productive in the secondary. CB T'Sharvan Bell was one of the lone bright spots, but he went down with a torn ACL and won't be back until next year. The unit has been plagued by injures and has been consistently burned by big-time receivers. - The Sports Xchange

10/24/2011 - WEEK 8 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: SAF NEIKO THORPE (Auburn) - Had game-high 14 total tackles against LSU. - SEC football

09/23/2011 - STILL NEEDS WORK: There's simply nothing good to say about Auburn's pass defense. It's one of the big reasons why the Tigers are 117th in the nation in total defense. Youth is a partial contributor, but veterans such as Neiko Thorpe and T'Sharvan Bell simply have to play better. Clemson did whatever it wanted against the Tigers on Saturday, and a freshman, Sammy Watkins, was able to tear through the defense for nearly 150 yards and two scores. The SEC isn't known for its prolific passing attacks, but there are a handful of teams who will absolutely carve Auburn up if it isn't able to improve in the secondary. - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DB Neiko Thorpe, Auburn, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Third Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. Thorpe, a 2010 All-SEC Second Team selection, played in all 14 games last season while starting in 13. He was third on the team with 64 tackles (45 solo, 19 assists) while tallying a team-best nine pass break-ups. Thorpe also totaled a season-high 12 tackles at Alabama, including his lone tackle for loss of the season. - Auburn football

05/12/2011 - CB Neiko Thorpe is moving to safety for the spring. ATH Anthony Morgan will receive repetitions at tailback and 295-pound Ladarious Phillips will work at H-back. - The Sports Xchange

03/26/2011 - Auburn's most experienced defender is switching positions. Two-year starting cornerback Neiko Thorpe has moved to safety, where nobody on the roster has made a start except linebacker Daren Bates. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof said this week he thinks Thorpe will be "a much better" safety than he is a cornerback. Thorpe has played in 38 games and started 27 but he has no experience at safety. He's only one of two returning defensive players who started in the national championship game when fellow cornerback T'Sharvan Bell made his third career start. Safeties Zac Etheridge and Mike McNeil are both gone. But Bell and Chris Davis both have some experience at cornerback and freshman Jonathan Rose is already practicing with the team. - AP Sports