3. Juan Thornhill, Virginia
A high school basketball star, Juan Thornhill put together a very good career with the Virginia Cavaliers as a safety. He played for the ACC club for four seasons and recorded 208 tackles and 13 picks. He progressed as a player every year and had his best campaign in 2018 when he went for 98 tackles and six picks — both career highs. Then, he went to the Scouting Combine and really showed out.
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His basketball background popped up when he made an incredible 44-inches on the vertical leap. He also proved he’s a strong player as he pushed out 21 reps in the bench press, but it was his 4.42 in the 40-yard dash that really stood out for the athletic safety.
Thornhill measured in at 6-foot tall and 205-pounds which is more than enough size to play safety at the next level. What’s most impressive about him as a player is his ability to play coverage as he spent time at cornerback for Virginia.
Just like Damarious Randall, Thornhill is the type of player who seeks to take the ball away every time it’s in the air. He did so successfully a lot for the Cavs and should continue to find ways to do so in the NFL as well. Instincts like his can’t be taught, which is why he makes sense as a possible target at No. 49.