Areas for Improvement
Thornton is a long and lean rush end at this stage, but he has plenty of length, he is a good athlete, and he has the frame to add considerable weight to balance out his game more. He is best when pursuing the ball and having a free path to the quarterback. He covers a lot of ground quickly and while his first step may be closer to average, his speed to the ball is very good. He is more of a pass rush guy now and as he adds weight/muscle to his frame he will improve against the run. He has shown the ability to use his hands and to shed blockers, but he needs to play with more consistent pad level and work on his moves off the ball.