Juan Thornhill, Virginia
A huge riser since the combine, Virginia’s Juan Thornhill is another name to keep an eye on with the 39th pick and beyond. While the other two safeties can fill a hybrid role of playing over the top or in the box, Thornhill is best suited in a strict free safety role, playing the role of the angel of the defense.
Only tallying 12 tackles for loss, but 13 interceptions, it would be a failure to attempt to throw Thornhill in the box. While Bowles prefers physical safeties who can attack the run, the Buccaneers got burned so badly in 2018 that a safety who has range to cover every corner of the field may not be a bad option. Thornhill had a monster senior season for the Cavaliers, totaling six interceptions, nearly 100 total tackles, and seven passes defended.
At the combine is where Thornhill truly made a name for himself, running a 4.42 second 40 yard dash, hitting an astounding 44 inches on his vertical jump, 11’9 feet on his broad jump and blazing his way to a 6.77 second 3-cone drill. At 6’0 and 205 pounds, Thornhill is a monster of a prospect.