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Packers Podcast: Knee-Jerk Reaction New DL Khyri Thornton

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Packers Podcast: Knee-Jerk Reaction New DL Khyri Thornton

Third-Round Reaction

With the 21st selection in the third round, the Packers selected Southern Mississippi defensive lineman Khyri Thornton. To break down this draft choice that not a lot of people saw coming, we call upon Paul Guillemette of and our own Pro Football Draft Preview guide.


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Clay Zombo's picture

Who? That's my only reaction.

After watching Niklas go one pick before GB in the 2nd and Louis Nix go 2 picks before them in the 3rd I feel deflated.

DIx Niklas and NIx would've been a nice haul for GB, oh well day late and a dollar short I guess. Strange draft so far.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

6'2 and 5/8ths. Pigskin Paul can't seem to find much of anything positive to say about Thornton. Best he can find is a late round draftable player with decent measurables. Hope TT knows what he is doing. Never heard of this guy.

Jason Geurts's picture

Total reach, we could have gotten him in the 5th, not sure why Ted does this sometimes, he takes a guy he likes but takes them way too early.
He did the same thing with the TE Rodgers.

The TKstinator's picture

Only time will tell.

Plus, I still have to discuss this with my postman.

Jordan's picture

The word "reach" implies drafting for need. Yes, the packers draft for need. When you have strong needs, you can't take risks of players not being there.

The packers only have so many roster spots available. There's a lot of players returning.

HankScorpio's picture

This kid looks like a NT to me. I was hoping the Packers would grab one this draft. So I'm good with him.

phillythedane's picture

Same here. Last year Raji played like milque toast. This year, and more than likely next, B.J. might be just toast.

Stroh's picture

He's a developmental 5 tech DE. He's not a NT... Raji was a poor fit at DE, but moving back to NT will do wonders for his play! He won't be going anywhere IMO.

Jordan's picture

Raji is as good as gone after this year. Raji is basically a big warm body that gets manhandled consistently no matter where he lines up. Raji has the lateral movement of a baby elephant seal.

This guy is Raji's replacement.

Stroh's picture

If anyone is Raji's replacement its Boyd. He played NT in college and he was over 310 entering the draft last year as compared to barely over 300. I read that Thornton is close to maxed out on his frame, so he's not likely to gain a lot more good weight.

At NT where Raji should have been playing all along, lateral movement isn't that imprortant, but it IS important at DE which is why Raji was such a terrible fit at DE. I've been saying for over a year that Raji wasn't a good 34 DE specifically due to NOT having the lateral agility and length for 34 DE. Back at NT again and he'll command double teams and be able to beat Centers into the backfield again, instead of OT which are much longer and could control Raji due to his squat build. Pretty basic stuff if you know the differences between a 34 DE and NT.

You'll see... Raji is gonna play much better at NT instead of DE. More like the '10 Raji. Sign him up for another 3-4 yrs after this year.

Jordan's picture

Yep. Raji just went through free agency and the best he could get is a one year deal for 4 million. Pretty basic stuff.

Stroh's picture

"Thornton, a 24-year-old team captain for woeful Southern Miss, seems to fit the defense's new vision of versatile defenders with his ability to play both the three- and five-technique on the line."

"Raji's signature came with a handshake agreement he'd be allowed to move back to nose tackle, from defensive end, where he had his most productive during a 6.5-sack season in 2010."

Any questions?

Jordan's picture

Just watch and learn grasshopper. Just watch and learn.

Stroh's picture

Whats that got to do w/ the discussion about Thornton? Try to stay on topic.

Moncrief fell. So did Abberderis like I said he was at best a 4/5th round pick not a 3rd. We'll see how Moncrief turns out, but he has much higher upside than a lot of WR taken in the 2nd.

4thand1's picture

Seems like everyone they may have targeted were gone.

Jordan's picture

So you know who the packers were targeting?

Brutus10's picture

Another make-believe GM.

4thand1's picture

Thats not what I was saying. A lot of good TE's and a couple of centers were picked ahead of GB. I'm sure they would have had them rated high on their board. GM this assclown.

lucky953's picture

The fact that I haven't heard of him means nothing to me. Draft " experts" don't get paid to build football teams. What I like here is this young mans motor, his no-quit attitude, his quickness, his "violent" hands, and the reality that neither Pickett nor Jolly is likely to play. Raji is talented but plays with no hunger.

Stroh's picture

Definitely his energy and hustle were the things I noticed most about him... He has scheme versatility to play all along the DL.

NFL... "Has the size, brute strength and enough agility to warrant interest as a developmental, rotational five-technique in an aggressize, zone-blitzing scheme."

Seems like a good fit for the continued makeover of the Packers DL.

Brutus10's picture

"Definitely his energy and hustle were the things I noticed most about him"

You have sources? You've seen him play? You have film?

Anything more than a random comment?

Stroh's picture

I saw highlites... Not much, but it stood out. And then there was this from CBS...

"very active and plays with energy, effort and hustle - pesky player for all four quarters"

Any more questions buttplug?

Brutus10's picture

CBS also said this:

"Appears maxed out physically and lacks ideal length."
"Undeveloped hand technique and too easily handled by single rushers - functional strength is average-at-best and ends up hand fighting."
"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."

I cherry-picked purposely. It's what you do all the time. --- Fix it!!

Stroh's picture

I mentioned the maxed out part on another post. What about that has anything to do w/ the his hustle? You questioned my knowledge of his effort and hustle so I answered w/ what was pertinent. That's not cherry picking its answering your query to my comment.

4thand1's picture

Some of the same stuff was said about Daniels.

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