Pro Highlights

  • Suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason finale that landed him on injured reserve for the entire 2014 season.
  • Tied DT Josh Boyd for the lead among Packers defensive linemen with six tackles (four solo) during the 2014 preseason.
  • Was selected by Green Bay with the No. 85 overall pick, the first of two selections by the Packers in the third round, making him the highest-drafted defensive end from Southern Mississippi since Richard Byrd was picked in the second round (No. 36 overall) by the Houston Oilers in 1985.


Played in 50 games with 28 starts and registered 116 tackles (58 solo), including 30 tackles for a loss, 5½ sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and three passes defensed…Earned his degree in criminal justice...Senior season (2013): Started all 11 games that he played in and registered a career-high 39 tackles (16 solo), including 6½ tackles for a loss, a half-sack and four QB pressures…Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors and was a finalist for the Conerly Trophy, which is given to the state’s top collegiate player...Was voted a team captain for the season…Played in the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl following the season…Missed the season finale at UAB (Nov. 30) due to injury…Registered six tackles (four solo) and helped the Golden Eagles limit the Bobcats to just 73 rushing yards on 41 carries (1.8 avg.) vs. Texas State (Aug. 31)…Recorded a season-high seven tackles (two solo) and matched his career best with 2½ tackles for a loss vs. Florida International (Oct. 5)…Posted five tackles (one solo), including two tackles for a loss, at Louisiana Tech (Nov. 9)…Junior season (2012): Appeared in all 12 contests with 10 starts…Recorded 36 tackles (23 solo), including a career-best 9½ tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two passes defensed…Was the only Golden Eagle defensive lineman to register an INT on the season…Registered a season-high six tackles (four solo), including a tackle for a loss, and helped limit the Pirates to just 57 rushing yards on 33 carries (1.7 avg.) vs. East Carolina (Sept. 15)…Posted three tackles (two solo), including a half-tackle for a loss, and recorded the first interception of his career, returning the pick 12 yards at Western Kentucky (Sept. 22)…Registered five tackles (four solo), including a season-high two tackles for a loss and a sack, vs. Louisville (Sept. 29)…Matched his season high with two tackles for a loss as part of a four-tackle effort (all solo) at Rice (Oct. 27)…Sophomore season (2011): Appeared in all 14 games with seven starts and posted 24 tackles (12 solo), including nine tackles for a loss, 1½ sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Helped the Golden Eagles win a school-record 12 games, their first 10-win season since 1988, and the Conference USA title…Registered four tackles (three solo) and a half-sack at Navy (Oct. 8)…Posted four tackles (two solo), including a career-high 2½ tackles for a loss and a half-sack, at East Carolina (Nov. 5)…Recorded two tackles (one solo), including a tackle for a loss, and recovered a fumble that he returned 12 yards at UAB (Nov. 17)…Redshirt freshman season (2010): Saw action in all 13 contests and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team after recording 17 tackles (six solo), including five tackles for a loss, and a career-high 2½ sacks…Recorded a season-high three tackles (all assists) vs. Prairie View A&M (Sept. 11)…Registered two tackles (one solo) and a sack vs. Kansas (Sept. 17)…Registered two tackles (one solo), including a season-high 1½ tackles for a loss, vs. Houston (Nov. 20).


Given name Khyri Jerome Thornton…Born in Panama City, Fla. …His cousin, T.J. Lowder, played WR at Florida International and attended the same high school as he did…Worked construction while he was in high school…High school: Attended Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., where he was a defensive lineman and fullback…Was named to the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 team and played in the North-South Football All-Star Classic as a senior…Was ranked the No. 20 defensive tackle in 2008 by ESPN…Posted 49 tackles (46 solo), two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his senior campaign…Also rushed for 678 yards and 10 TDs and added two catches for 37 yards (18.5 avg.) and a TD…In addition to lettering all four years in football, lettered three times in basketball and twice in track…Community involvement: Volunteered at the DuBard School in Hattiesburg, Miss., working with special-needs children…Also spoke to high-school and middle-school students while he was in college...Residence: Panama City, Fla.