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Pack adds beef

by Mark Daniels

Another big body will join the Pack's defensive line this summer with the selection of Southern Mississippi defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. The 6-3, 304 pound defensive tackle was taken with the 85th overall choice in round three tonight. Thornton played in 50 games during his career at the school which produced Brett Favre, starting 28. As a senior, he started 11 games, putting up 39 tackles, with 6 and a half for losses and a half sack.

During his career, he played several positions on the defensive front and even came up with an interception. One scouting service I looked at said Thornton delivers sudden shock on the line of scrimmage and can play inside or if needed on the end. His weaknesses were short arms and small hands and he had minimal sack production.

Thornton will join the likes of Mike Daniels, Josh Boyd and Jerel Worthy as youngsters to assume rotational duty up front and eat up space for the other, pass rushing defenders to better do their job. Thornton does not have an injury history although he did miss the final game of his career with a bad bone bruise to his right leg that led to some internal bleeding but it's no longer an issue.