Chiefs’ Juan Thornhill is a first-round pick in the PFF’s 2019 NFL Draft
Pro Football Focus writer Trevor Sikkema recently returned and overhauled the 2019 NFL Draft after three seasons. Given what we currently know about players in this draft class, things would have turned out very differently across the board.
One of the biggest changes for Kansas City is that they don’t end up trading their first draft pick to acquire DE Frank Clark. PFF instead has the Chiefs keeping the No. 29 pick and selecting Delaware S Nasir Adderley (Chargers). Why did they take Adderley, though? Because Juan Thornhill has already been picked in the first round by a division rival.
The Las Vegas Raiders selected Thornhill as the No. 27 pick, where they actually took Jonathan Abram. Here’s what Sikkema had to say about the Raiders winning Thornhill in the first round:
“I think again the Raiders were on the right track with the position they were aiming for, they just drafted the wrong player. Abrams was an athletic batsman, but time has proven what Las Vegas really needs: a athlete at the back with good reach to play safe in. That’s what Thornhill, who has two over 70.0 ratings in three seasons, could have given them.
During Thornhill’s rookie season, he made 58 total tackles, three interceptions, five passes defended and one defensive touchdown before suffering a torn ACL in the final game of the regular season. He hasn’t quite had the same success since his injury, but he’s aiming for a big year in 2022. He was selected in the second round at pick No. 63 overall, so that’s a pretty big jump for him. in terms of its draft slot.
Adderley, like Thornhill, has also had his career hampered a bit by injuries, so the trade-off here is a bit of a washout. The Raiders are definitely the big winners getting Thornhill over Abram. The only problem is that this scenario still leaves the Chiefs without a solution at the pass-rusher and every productive EDGE player has gone to the top 15 picks. Such is life in the NFL overhaul, however.
What do you think of Thornhill being a first-round pick in this re-draft scenario? Did he play in such a way that he should have been selected in the first round? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.