A very good statured coverage safety who is a pest at the catch point. He utilizes his speed, length, jumping ability, and instincts to range all over the back end of the defense to come up with his pass disruptions or INTs. Not only does he look to create turnovers he looks to take them back to the house for 6. He is not just a coverage safety though, and is more than willing to fill hard downhill and pop pads in run defense as well. He has the versatility to be able to drop down and cover slot type WRs as well as bigger bodied TEs. Takes good pursuit angles and is a calming presence in the backend of your secondary.
Struggled as an Outside CB when tasked with opposing speedier WRs because he would become unbalanced out of his transition, but as a Safety he doesn't have to face up in coverage as much. Needs to tighten up his tackling skills, because he has a bad tendency of diving at runners feet instead of keeping his head up and tackling the body.
2018: Minor Lower Leg Injury, 2017: Lower Extremity Injury
2018: Miami(Fl.), N.C. State, 2017: Navy, Georgia Tech
Juan Thornhill is a quality Safety prospect in this class that backed up his tape with a great performance at the Combine checking the boxes on his speed and jumping ability. He should be highly coveted come draft weekend and even has an under the radar chance of getting selected late in round 1.
Very good athleticism. Has good fluidity, speed, length, and ability to get up to the catch point and disrupt catches. Lateral agility is solid, but he struggles to stay balanced through his transition when he was used as an outside CB. Good flexibility and can slip past blocks or dip inside blocks to be able to fill rushing lanes. His fluidity lends itself to being able to trail slot type WRs adequate. Very good long speed, and he has the range to make plays from the far has as a deep third safety. Explosive vertical jump, and it is evidenced by his prowess to either collect passes defensed or INTs. Overall he is a nuanced pursuit safety that trusts what he sees with his pursuit. At times though he will struggle to stay balanced through his transition when tasked with lining up as a CB.
Big Play Ability
Good length and strength to be able to get a firm jam at LOS, which allows him to get himself into a good spot to trail throughout the route. Has experience back in 2017 of playing almost exclusively as an outside CB. His instincts flash when he is allowed to play from off coverage. He would play from a quarter turn technique to give himself a chance of flipping his hips quickly and trailing his assignment. He was adept at getting head around and reading QB's eyes to make a play on the ball. His bread and butter. He is a ballhawk in zone coverage using his length, instincts, and closing quickness to always be around the ball. Has the hands to come up with a good amount of turnovers. Good pace and ferocity in his hand checking and jam at the LOS, willing to fight throughout play to try and disrupt WR. Good hip swivel and transition, he at times though would get a little unbalanced out of his transition when going up against a faster WR.