Tyquan Thornton

Tyquan Thornton

Measurements
  • Height
    6020
  • Hand
    8 1/4
  • VJ
    36.5
  • Weight
    181lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    4.28
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Brian Friedland - Scout
Tyquan Thornton
  • Overall Rank
    116
  • Position Rank
    17
  • Position
    WR
  • Team
    BAYLOR

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2018 13 20 354 17.7 3 83 Kick Return YDS
2019 14 45 782 17.4 5 55.9 YDS/G
2020 6 16 158 9.9 1 2.7 REC/G
2021 14 62 948 15.3 10 1 Passing TD

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Adequate size at 6-2, 181 lbs. Could stand to add on some weight as Thornton does look very lanky currently. Length is above the line with 33 1/4-inch arms. Frame is average with Thornton needing to add on more weight to compete with more physical corners. Durability is above the line with Thornton not missing a single game in college.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Toughness is adequate as there are times where more physical corners get into Thornton's head, and he won't fight as hard on routes as he needs to. Instincts are adequate with flashes of above the line. Shows an inconsistent ability to improvise, but he can find the soft spots of zone coverage. Effort and motor are adequate as there are times where Thornton pulls up far too quickly on deep passes or stopped his routes early; however, he is more than willing to throw blocks for teammates.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Explosiveness is above the line with Thornton showing impressive short-area quickness. Could see this more on display at the next level as Baylor didn't utilize him on screens as much as they could have. Speed is outstanding, especially from a straight-line standpoint. Flexibility and bend are adequate with flashes of above the line where Thornton can contort his body to make catches on low passes. Body control is above the line, particularly on deep passes where Thornton can adjust his body to poorly thrown balls. Change of direction is average with Thornton not having the best ability to stop on a dime. Play strength is average with Thornton struggling to fight through contact (v Oklahoma/Q1/7:52), but this should get better if Thornton is able to put on a little bit of weight.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    8
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Although Thornton was a kick returner at Baylor, he was not the primary one with the Bears having Trestan Ebner. He figures to have more of a role at this next level due to his quickness and long speed. Perimeter blocking is adequate with Thornton being able to hold his own on the outside. Suddenness and release are adequate with flashes of above the line, especially on deep routes where Thornton can showcase his shiftiness off the LOS. Route running is adequate with Thornton showing a lot of promise on deep routes. Ball skills are adequate with Thornton making many catches but struggling to make catches through contact (v Oklahoma/Q3/9:34). Run after the catch is adequate with flashes of above the line. This wasn't Thornton's role at Baylor but could see more plays in space for him at the next level due to his short-area quickness. Vertical threat ability is above the line with flashes of outstanding due to Thornton being able to use his long strides and outstanding speed to his advantage (AT TCU/Q3/1:44).

  • Ball Skills
    6
  • Suddenness
    6
  • Release
    6
  • Route Running
    6
  • Run After Catch
    6
  • Vertical threat
    7
  • Perimeter Blocking
    6
  • Return Ability
    6
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Tyquan Thornton came to Baylor as a four-star receiver from Booker T. Washington High School. His freshman season, Thornton's impact was immediately felt in the deep passing game where he averaged 17.7 YPC en route to having 20 REC for 354 YDS and 3 TDS on the year. The following season, Thornton's role in the Bears' offense increased as he built upon his freshman campaign with 45 REC for 782 YDS, 5 TDS, and 17.4 YPC as well as being named an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. In a COVID-shortened year with a new coaching staff, Thornton struggled during his junior season as he recorded 16 REC for 158 YDS and a career-low 9.9 YPC. Thornton would then go on to rebound from this season as he finished with career-highs in REC (62), YDS (948), and TDS (10) on top of having 15.3 YPC and being named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Thornton is a winning backup to adequate WR3 who wins with his long speed, deep threat ability, and above the line body control. He will need to improve as a route runner on intermediate routes as well as being able to change direction smoother and put on more muscle to fight through contact better to make his way up the depth chart. His speed will also serve him well on special teams at the next level.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT TCU
  • Nov - 06 - 2021
  • Showcased impressive release off the line, especially on deep routes, and straight-line speed was on full display en route to 5 REC for 121 YDS and 2 TDS
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Oklahoma State
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • Was overmatched from a physicality standpoint and struggled to work back to passes en route to 3 REC for 52 YDS
Best Trait
Deep Threat Ability/Deep Speed
Pro Comparison
Less Physical Van Jefferson