Known as ‘Crow' to his friends and teammates, Craphonso Thorpe has been nothing but a playmaker for Florida State at the wide receiver position. The track star ended up with 123 career receptions for 2,153 yards. At FSU he averaged 17.5 yards per catch and finished his career with 22 touchdowns.
He would have been a first day draft choice if not for the fact he suffered a brutal injury at the end of the 2003 season. In a game against North Carolina he broke his right leg in two places but still managed to return for the 2005 season just nine months after what could have been a career ending injury.
Thorpe was a standout track start for the Seminole program but also return punts and kick-offs in college. Though the Chiefs don't need him to handle those duties with Dante Hall on the roster, nonetheless it gives them an option in case the ‘Human Joystick' gets injured. This also means that Hall will likely be taken out of the offensive mix on Sundays so he can concentrate solely on his return duties. Hall has struggled to do both for the Chiefs and with the addition of Thorpe, they can take that pressure off him; so he can focus on getting better field position for the offense.
Thorpe though admits that coming to on offense this strong could only help him develop into a great player at the NFL level.
"I hope to bring another dimension of my game and add that tho the wrinkles that they already have. I'm a fast, elusive receiver that can stretch the field and hopefully I can fit into the offense," said the Chiefs new speed burner.
Not many NFL wide receivers have his size and speed. Standing at 6' tall and weighing 187 pounds; he should be able to use his .4.45 speed to outrun smaller defensive backs. One thing is certain he does not lack any confidence.
"Well as far as my attitude towards the game, its just being aggressive. Not only being aggressive, but also being a fast and speedy receiver who can catch very well," said Thorpe. "It's hard to find a receiver who does all that well. There are definitely a few in the league that possess those capabilities, but I haven't really seen any."
The addition of Craphonso Thorpe could mean the Chiefs will cut veteran wide receiver Johnnie Morton in June. It could also mean the end for last years training camp stud Richard Smith and Chris Horn.