North Carolina State running back Shadrach Thornton has been an up-and-down type guy his whole college career. He has seen his share of successes and failures, but his senior year is looking to be a promising one.
NFL.com recently ranked the Top 150 senior draft prospects and Thornton made the cut.
The website says that Thornton has a lot of potential to be great in the NFL, despite his choice of running style.
Thornton had a terrific year at NC State last season while splitting time in a platoon backfield. He rushed for 908 yards and nine touchdowns and earned All-ACC honorable mention honors. There is reason to believe that his senior year will be a much bigger one.
The site said “some scouts will probably view Thornton as too upright a runner”, but it goes on to mention Green Bay running back James Stark, who also a taller guy with an upright style. Thornton can really hit the hole nicely and he knows how to get into the open field and make tacklers miss when he needs to.
If he can learn to play lower as well as having a decent season for the Wolfpack, Thornton could find himself landing in the third-fourth round come next May.
Thornton and the Wolfpack open the 2015 season on September 5 when they host Troy.
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