During the third round of the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Illinois offensive guard Hugh Thornton with the 86th overall pick.
Entering the draft, Thornton was projected to be drafted sometime during day three, but jumped up to the Colts who needed an offensive lineman. He joins a Colts draft class that has only Bjoern Werner from Florida State.
Although he is listed as a guard, Thornton can play either at the guard or tackle positions for the Colts. He started 23 games during his sophomore and junior seasons at weak-side guard before being moved to left tackle in 2012.
Despite being one of the better lineman for the Illini, Thornton has had some off the field issues. These issues include being arrested for underage consumption and trying to use a fake ID. However, these issues are nothing special for a normal college kid.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network had this to say about Thornton being drafted by the Colts:
He’s one of those guys you root for. He’s been through a lot. I liked him at the Senior Bowl. If he can be more consistent with his technique, he’ll make a good living in the NFL.
Thornton has a lot of upper body strength, as well as very good grip. He is not as stellar as you would like to see in a lineman for outside runs and screen passes, but he could really pan out as a solid lineman with a little hard work at the next level.
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