Nov 23, 2013; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders running back Shane Tucker (1) is tackled by Southern Miss Golden Eagles defensive lineman Khyri Thornton (98) in the first quarter of their game at M.M. Roberts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers 2014 Draft: Packers Take DT Khyri Thornton At No. 85

The Green Bay Packers used their first third-round selection Friday night to take Southern Mississippi defensive tackle Khyri Thornton.

Thornton is a smallish defensive tackle at more than 6-foot-2 and 304 pounds, particularly for a 3-4 scheme, with short arms and small hands, according to Scouts, Inc., which ranked Thornton at No. 149 overall.

But against the run, he showed on film to be a disruptive one-gap defender. He can start to get high, though, when he wears down and loses leverage as a result.

He made 39 tackles last season, 6.5 for loss, and had half a sack.

Thornton’s quickness is above average, as is his lateral agility, with a good closing burst and good range.

Conditioning is a concern, as on tape he shows he can wear down, with his effort declining at the same time.

This pick seems like a bit of a reach, but with Ryan Pickett in place at the nose in their 3-4 defense, the Packers might be able to bring Thornton along slowly and perhaps he can push Josh Boyd for playing time behind Pickett.

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