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Thornton is a disruptive force in the middle of the Southern Miss defensive line. He has good size for a 4-3 defensive tackle and demonstrates the ability to beat blockers with explosiveness or power. He is a solid run defender, capable of anchoring at the point of attack or penetrating to disrupt plays in the backfield. Good pursuit speed indicates pass rush upside as well, but he needs to play with better leverage through contact and develop his pass rush moves to maximize his quickness off the snap. If Thornton can put it all together in his senior year, we could see a substantial rise in his stock leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. –Jeremy Hyde, 06/07