Packers pick Khyri Thornton in 3rd

May, 9, 2014
May 9
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The pick: Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss

My take: This seems like it could be a reach, although Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. raved about Thornton during the ESPN draft broadcast. However, according to the ESPN Insider player rankings, the 6-foot-2, 304-pound Thornton was the 17th-best defensive tackle in the draft, yet only eight were taken before the Packers picked him at No. 85 overall. Several pre-draft predictions had Thornton as a third-day pick.

Strengthening a weakness: The Packers' run defense faded in the second half of last season, allowing 5.5 yards per rush over the final seven games. That was the second-highest average allowed in the NFL over that stretch, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information, so the addition of another defensive lineman was not a surprise.

What’s next: The Packers will make one more selection on the second day of the draft at No. 98 overall. It’s one of two compensatory picks they were awarded. Those picks cannot be traded.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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