2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tyquan Thornton

  • Tyquan Thornton, 6-2/181

  • Wide Receiver

  • Baylor

  • Tyquan Thornton Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Extremely fast
  • Deep-threat receiver
  • First-step quickness
  • Explosive
  • Capabale of generating separation
  • Second-gear speed
  • Tall
  • Good catch radius
  • Threat to score on any touch
  • Stretches a defense vertically

  • Weaknesses:
  • Extremely skinny
  • Could struggle with physical corners
  • Could struggle to get off press coverage
  • Thin frame; needs more weight
  • More straight line
  • Route-running limitations

  • Summary: Baylor has had a number of good receiver rip up the Big XII in recent years, and Thornton did just that in 2021 by putting up 62 receptions for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2019, he snagged 45 catches for 782 yards and five scores. At the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, Thornton ripped off an electric 40-yard dash of 4.28 seconds, making for one of the quicker times ever recorded.

    Thornton is extremely fast to separate from defensive backs over the top and will stretch the field vertically. He is a home run hitter who has a second gear to run by corners and safeties and get open deep down the field. Along with his speed, Thornton has good height and a larger catch radius than typical speed receivers.

    Thornton is rail thin, and it looks like he won’t be able to add much weight to his frame. Being so light could make Thornton struggle to get off press coverage and have problems with physical cornerbacks. Thornton is also linear as a route runner and has some limitations. As a result of his size and route-running, Thornton might top out as a third and or fourth rotational receiver in the NFL.

    In the 2022 NFL Draft, Thornton could be a second-day pick. He should not last long if he slips to Day 3.

    Player Comparison: Robby Anderson. Thornton feels like a taller version of Anderson coming out of Temple. Both are fast receivers who are tall and skinny. Anderson has some limitations similar to Thornton. If Thornton pans out, I could see him being a wideout similar to Anderson.


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