Boise native Thornton lands with Indianapolis Colts (w/ video)

Hugh Thornton is the 86th overall draft pick.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comApril 27, 2013 

The Indianapolis Colts owned one NFL Draft pick Friday, when the second and third rounds were conducted.

And they knew how they wanted to use it.

They took Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton with the 24th pick of the third round.

"He was targeted once we woke up (Friday) morning," Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Thornton was born in Boise and attended seventh through 11th grades in the Treasure Valley, playing football at Mountain View High and Boise High. He also won a heavyweight wrestling state title at Mountain View in 2008.

He graduated from high school in Oberlin, Ohio, and was a four-year starter at Illinois.

For the first three years of his college career, his offensive line coach was Joe Gilbert - now the Colts' line coach.

The Colts hope Thornton (6-foot-3, 320 pounds) can provide some depth on an offensive line that struggled to protect star quarterback Andrew Luck last season.

"He really represents all the traits that you could want at the offensive guard spot: size, power, aggression and production and constant finish," Grigson said.

Coach Chuck Pagano called Thornton just as the TV indicated the Colts were on the clock. The pick was announced while he was on the phone.

Thornton watched the draft with about 50 friends and family at a Boise restaurant. His dad lives in Meridian.

"I'm stoked. Overjoyed," Thornton said. "… I worked hard for this opportunity. Now here's another opportunity to go out and get better and be coached by great coaches and be part of a great organization and pursue a championship ring."

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

Idaho Statesman is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service