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Michael Michigan
04-24-2005, 11:02 AM
Craphonso Thorpe

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200
Position: WR

At Florida State:

An All-America and Biletnikoff Award candidate as senior in 2004...the Seminoles' big-play receiver a year ago as he led the team with 994 yards and 11 touchdowns on 51 catches despite missing the final two games...listed as the starter at flanker entering fall practice...enters his senior season as the team's leading receiver for the third consecutive season...currently 15 th all-time in career receiving yards and tied for 14 th all-time with 16 career TDs...will be counted on to lead a young receiving corps...83 career receptions are 46% of the total career receptions for the entire group of wide receivers entering the 2004 campaign...has 2,515 yards of total offense in his 36-game career, which averages almost 70 yards per game...returned 39 career kickoffs for 845 yards and a 21.7 yards per return average...regarded as one of the country's fastest wide receivers, Thorpe won the 100 and 200 at the ACC Outdoor Track Championships in the spring of 2003 to lead FSU to the men's title and was named ACC Outdoor Track Performer of the Year ...was held out of spring drills after breaking his leg in overtime against NC State last November.

Junior Year (2003): A first team All-ACC selection and a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist...started the first 11 games of the season at flanker before breaking his leg in overtime against NC State...missed the Florida game and Orange Bowl rematch with Miami...finished 19 th in the nation in receiving yards per game...his receiving yardage total of 994 yards ranks 11 th all-time at FSU while his 11 touchdowns tied for the sixth-highest in school history...set new career-highs for receptions, touchdowns and yards and topped his career totals in each category in just one season as a starter...seven of the 11 touchdown grabs were on plays of at least 25 yards...led the conference with 11 receiving TDs and was third in the ACC with an average of 90.4 receiving yards per game...had a pair of 200- yard receiving games...top returning receiver in the ACC for career yards per catch (20.0)...only Xavier Beitia scored more points in 2003 than Thorpe...caught eight passes for 205 yards and scored two touchdowns against Colorado...hauled in seven passes for a career-high 217 yards and two TDs at Notre Dame (the most receiving yards ever recorded against the Fighting Irish)...went over the century mark at Virginia with three receptions for 104 yards...caught six passes for 66 yards and scored two touchdowns against Wake Forest...had five receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the win over NC State...returned two kickoffs for 62 yards, including a 43-yarder vs. Georgia Tech.

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in all 14 of Florida State's games including the Sugar Bowl against Georgia...led the Seminoles in yards per catch with a career-high 22.2 yard average... ranked third on the team with four touchdown catches, fourth on the team with 377 receiving yards, tied four fourth with 17 receptions and fourth with 26.9 receiving yards per game average...had the offense's longest play of the season when he hauled in a 72-yard pass against Georgia Tech...finished the Georgia Tech game with two catches for a single-game 75 yards...also reached the 70-yard receiving mark with three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in Florida State's victory over Duke and with three catches for 74 yards against North Carolina...multiple catches in five of 13 games and at least one reception in nine of 13 games...his touchdown grab against Georgia was a 40-yard strike from Anquan Boldin...ranked third on the team in kickoff returns with 11 returns for 222 yards and a 20.2 yards per return average...ranked among the team's top three in kickoff returns in 2002 after leading the team as a freshman.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in all 12 games including the Gator Bowl victory over Virginia Tech...led the team with 561 kickoff return yards, finished second on the team with 852 all-purpose yards, was fourth on the team with 286 receiving yards and fifth on the team with 15 receptions...ranked seventh in the ACC with a 21.2 yards per kickoff average...caught passes in eight of 11 regular season games and had at least one catch in each of the last five games...established his season-high for receptions in a game with five in his first career game against Duke...his five receptions went for his season-high of 68 yards...gained his first career touchdown reception on his second career catch on a 33-yard pass from Chris Rix...had seventh in the ACC and led the team with a 21.6 yard average on 26 kickoff returns...fell just three returns short of the school record for kickoff returns in a single season...fell only 23 yards short of breaking the school-record of 583 kickoff return yards...ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards with a 77.5 yards per game average...career-high 155 all-purpose yards came at North Carolina with 38 yards receiving and 117 yards on kickoff returns...his longest kickoff return of 41 yards came against Clemson and was the longest kickoff return of the season for the Seminoles...more than 100 yards of all-purpose yards against North Carolina, Maryland, Clemson and NC State.

High School: Graduated from Tallahassee's Lincoln High School in 2001...a USA Today Second Team All-USA second-team selection his senior season...named to the Super Southern team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel...named to Max Emfinger's na-tional Nifty 150 list and Rivals.com's Top 100 list...one of the nation's top receivers and the state of Florida's top cornerbacks... caught 64 passes for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns and returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns his senior season ...recorded 24 tackles, three interceptions, 14 pass break-ups and recovered two fumbles at the cornerback position...helped lead Lincoln to the Class 6A state championship his senior season... selected Florida State over Florida, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia Tech and Alabama.

Personal: Born June 27, 1983...major is sport management.

siberian khatru
04-24-2005, 11:03 AM
Crap.

siberian khatru
04-24-2005, 11:04 AM
ANALYSIS
Positives: Has a lean, cut-up frame with good upper body development, adding over 10 pounds of muscle to his body while rehabilitating from his leg injury during the 2004 offseason Shows sudden explosion coming off the line of scrimmage and can get to top speed instantly to gain and eat up the cushion Compensates for a lack of strength with a quick initial burst to avoid the jam Shows quickness throughout his routes and has the fluid foot movement to gain separation coming out of his cuts Knows how to use his body to create separation and shows good tracking ability Natural hands catcher who will not hesitate to compete for the ball, timing his leaps to get to it at its high point Has a great burst and second gear to take the ball to the house after the catch Plays with very good field awareness and does a nice job settling into the soft spot of the zone Maintains concentration going for the ball in a crowd and shows the vision and burst to hit a seam Will win most foot races vs. man coverage, where he is a threat to get on top of the defender and dictate the route Has shown marked improvement coming out of his breaks and in running routes, especially on the fade.

Negatives: Has the deep speed to get vertical in a hurry, but seemed hesitant to take a hit the first half of 2004 as he continued to recover from his leg injury Despite his quickness, he did not make many big plays as a senior, as he was relegated to mostly short and intermediate routes Added weight before the season, but still lacks bulk and strength to defeat the jam, relying more on his burst to avoid it If a defender gets a hand on him after the catch, you will not see much yards after catch Runs good downfield routes, but perhaps because of his injury he looked stiff in his lower body when trying to run his patterns.

Hoover
04-24-2005, 11:05 AM
Nice size

I like this pick. Looks like a gut that can come in and help.

siberian khatru
04-24-2005, 11:05 AM
I would've preferred Mathis, but he was gone. I don't mind this pick. At this point, everybody's got questions.

Gravedigger
04-24-2005, 11:22 AM
Instead of adopting this one I'll take the next pick too many question marks.

alanm
04-24-2005, 11:27 AM
I like this guy and love his name. He played a little tenative last fall coming off of his broken leg but he has tons of potential. He'll have to let it all hang out and forget about his leg come training camp.

Frazod
04-24-2005, 11:31 AM
That name.... OMG what were his parents thinking? Hope he gets enough of a signing bonus to hire a hitman. :bang:

Anyway, good luck to him.

Michael Michigan
04-24-2005, 11:35 AM
Crap.

Crap(phonso)...

Michael Michigan
04-24-2005, 11:37 AM
That name.... OMG what were his parents thinking? Hope he gets enough of a signing bonus to hire a hitman. :bang:

Anyway, good luck to him.

Maybe his name was Phonso and everytine he got into trouble it was

Aw--Carp Phonso.

Tribal Warfare
04-24-2005, 12:04 PM
This seems like a very nice pick

whoman69
04-24-2005, 01:24 PM
I would hope that by next year he could push Kennison off the squad. It will be difficult, unless Boe does not make the team or he is good on ST, for him to be anything more than practice squad.