With their fourth-round compensatory draft choice, #131 overall, the Green Bay Packers selected Southern Arkansas defensive lineman Cedric Thornton in the #MockThree draft held on Twitter.
With the possible departure of Cullen Jenkins in free agency, the Packers got a clone to replace him. Draft analysts have said Thornton's closest professional comparison is Jenkins, and not surprisingly, Thornton says Jenkins is one of his favorite players to watch.
Though he played at Division II Southern Arkansas, Thornton was invited to the Senior Bowl and impressed observers while competing against the higher competition.
Thornton looked downright dominant at times in college, but the knock––of course––was that he was playing against subpar talent.
His 2009 junior season put him on the map when he had 80 tackles, 23 for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He then saw a downturn in production in 2010, though not enough to turn teams off entirely.
With the Packers defensive line looking to be without Jenkins and Johnny Jolly, Thornton could easily find himself a spot on the 53-man roster, though it'll take him some time to adjust to the pro game.
Also considered with our draft choice were Citadel cornerback Cortez Allen and Fresno State outside linebacker Chris Carter.
To follow along with this unique mock draft experience, search for the term #MockThree on Twitter. The Packers have two selections left, one each in the sixth and seventh rounds.
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