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Juan Thornhill | Safety

Team: Virginia Cavaliers
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210

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Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Thornhill was a big part of Virginia outperforming expectations, and showed his ability to make plays in the run game while also helping in the backend of the defense. He switched over from cornerback to safety prior to the year, and he had no issues doing so. He currently projects as a Day 3 pick by most analysts, but there's a good chance he's gone at the end of the second round if he plays well in events like the Senior Bowl. Dec 10 - 5:10 PM

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The Draft Network's Joe Marino has Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill as his No. 2 ranked safety for the 2019 draft.

Marino acknowledges that "Alabama’s Deionte Thompson is the best safety prospect" and his No. 1, but Thornhill is "solidifying his status as a top-50 prospect." He explains "He is a versatile defender that tackles well, processes the run, offers man coverage skills, thrives in zone and makes game-changing plays on the ball." Thornhill shifted from cornerback to safety prior to this season and has excelled. He has five interceptions on the season and has a great chance to be selected before the end of Day 2 in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Nov 11 - 10:25 AM

Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill limped off the field during Friday's game against Pittsburgh.

A potentially big loss for the Cavs, as Thornhill is one of their best defensive players. Brenton Nelson has taken at free safety. We'll update you when we have word on his status for the rest of the game.
Source: ESPN
Nov 2 - 8:24 PM

Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill was named as the Reese's Senior Bowl Player of the Week after his effort on Saturday against Miami.

Thornhill was a monster in the upset win of the Hurricanes; picking off two passes and making six more tackles in the 16-13 victory. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy came away impressed with the performance as well, noting his "disciplined zone integrity, good anticipation, and secure hands (an underrated trait for a defensive back)." He also notes that he's a quality defender in the box against the run, something you don't see a lot of from rangy safeties. "NFL teams are very enticed by Thornhill’s skill-set as a safety and would even want to see him rep as an outside cornerback in a Senior Bowl environment," writes Nagy. "If he continues to excel in his high/low safety role and displays adequate cover skills as a cornerback, Thornhill could become a favorite of many teams come draft time."
Oct 17 - 7:24 PM

The Draft Network's Joe Marino believes Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill "could cement himself as a Day 2 prospect."

Thornhill changed from a cornerback to safety this offseason and Marino believed it would raise his draft stock. He believes Thornhill was "sound processing what was in front of him and filling against the run" making the transition to safety a lot easier. Marino added his "versatility will be an asset to him at the next level and boosts his draft stock." Thornhill is coming off a two-interception outing against Miami on Saturday and will receive plenty of draft hype if he can continue to make plays.
Oct 14 - 10:33 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Virginia senior S Juan Thornhill as a fifth-round prospect coming into the season.

Thornhill briefly considered entering the NFL draft after a strong junior season that saw him make 63 tackles and pick off four passes for the Cavaliers, but he called it an "easy" decision to return in 2018. Pauline notes that he offers "solid size, instincts and general football skills." He also sees the 6-foot-1, 200-pound defender as a better fit at safety, but notes that many believe he can play corner at the next level.
Aug 3 - 6:25 PM

Virginia junior S Juan Thornhill will return to school for the 2018 school.

No hemming or hawing here. Thornhill (6'1/200) called it an "easy" call to come back to the Cavaliers for his senior year. He's fresh off his strongest year to date, having recorded 63 tackles (4.5 for loss) with a hearty four interceptions and 12 passes defended. Thornhill has picked off seven passes over the past two seasons.
Jan 5 - 6:35 PM

Virginia junior S Juan Thornhill "comes with adequate size and next level ball skills," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"The junior is very effective facing the action and easily covers pass catchers that come across the middle," Pauline wrote. Last year, Thornhill (6'1/200) appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts. He led UVA with three interceptions
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 01:53:00 PM