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Prospect Profiles: Cedric Thornton


Triangle Numbers: 6-3, 309, 5.26

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good size… Reasonably athletic… Solid interior rusher… Good burst off the snap… Good length and long arms… Good hand punch… Can get penetration… Flashes good power… Can win some battles for leverage… Good bull rusher… Holds the edge well… Can clog the middle… Good range… Gives a good effort… Plays with intensity… Good but inconsistent motor… Hard hitter… Mean streak… Schematic versatility, fits as a 4-3 UT or 3-4 LDE… Dominated his level of competition… Good upside, has the tools to develop.

Negatives: Not much of an arsenal… Needs to improve lower body strength… Plays a little too upright at times and can be knocked off balance… On the ground too much… Can be engulfed at the point of attack… Inconsistent technique… Conditioning issues, wears down late in games… Character concerns… Was suspended for a drug related arrest in 2009… Missed two games due to suspension for violating team rules in 2010… Lack of competition playing at the division two level… Developmental prospect who could be taken off some boards due to character concerns!

NFL Draft 101:

Thornton is a long, high motor guy who actually reminds me of a poor-man’s Wilkerson. He could play 3-technique in a 4-3 defense, or he could flourish as a 5-tech in a 3-4. Either way, I think this guy could make waves once he gets his shot playing with the big boys.

National Football Post:

Small-school defensive tackle Cedric Thornton from Southern Arkansas has some tools in the shed, but isn’t much more than a developmental-type prospect at this stage for me. From a mental standpoint he lacks ideal awareness off the snap and has a hard time consistently getting off the ball on time. From a physical standpoint he has a good initial burst, can gain leverage as a bull rusher and has some natural power through contact. However, he really struggles to disengage from blocks, allows his pad level to get too high and if he doesn’t win with his initial burst the battle is over. Again, he’s far from a finished product, but he doesn’t show enough in my view to warrant much more than a later-round grade.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Small school sleeper alert! Thornton is a defensive tackle with some good tools, but is very raw. Division II player. He dominated down there, but it’s a huge jump. I think he has the size to be a good three technique, but will need to spend time on the practice squad. He’s a 6th or 7th round pick. Not going to contribute for awhile. You draft him because of his potential. Keep him in the system, and in a few years, he could develop into a nice player. If not, it’s a 7th round pick. Low risk, potentially high reward.


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