- AProjectionRound 1-2
- Hand8 ¾
- Arm31 ⅛
Strong Points: Good size for the position. Athletic with speed, quick feet, loose hips and body control. Very good zone player who keeps plays in front of him. Quick to come up and support the run. Sheds well and is a good tackler. Does a good job when asked to play man. Top instincts. Range from the center of the field to the sideline. Very good ball skills (13 career interceptions). Outstanding Combine workout, running 4.41 and jumping out of the building.
Weak Points: Will get out of control at times when he comes up to support, causing him to miss tackles. Not a constistent wrap tackler.
The Way We See It: Good NFL safeties are asked to be very aware in zone coverage, have good ball skills, support the run, tackle, and don't give up the big play. Thornhill does all of that and more, as he can cover a wide receiver or tight end in man coverage -- and do it well. Thornhill has the required skill set to be a very good NFL safety. He needed to show good top-end speed in Indy, which he did. He can play free or strong equally well and has the skill set to come in and start for most teams as a rookie. Any questions about Thornhill were answered at the combine.