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.