New Jaguar Scouting Report: Craphonso Thorpe

In our never ending search for football knowledge, we scoured America and the entire world for that matter to find out as much information as possible on the Jaguars newest acquisition, wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe. JagNation asked ColtPower.com publisher Eric Hartz, who has covered every professional game Thorpe has played in, to give us his scouting report and here's what he had to say—

ColtPower.com's Eric Hartz-

Craphonso spent the 2007 season shuffling back and forth between the Colts' practice squad and regular roster. He was pressed into service after Marvin Harrison was injured, and appeared in five games for the Colts in 2007.

Thorpe had only 12 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown and often seemed to struggle to get on the same page with Peyton Manning and the rest of the offense when he did see the field.

He does have decent return skills and he got a long look from the team as a return specialist, but he lost that full-time job to backup defensive back T.J. Rushing. Thorpe did return 15 kickoffs and six punts last season, with a long kickoff return of 40 yards.

Thorpe has average size for a wide receiver and could be valuable to a team as a returner, special teams player or fourth/fifth receiver.


When Thorpe came out of Florida State in 2005, this was his scouting report courtesy of NFL Draft Scout-

Positives: Has a lean, cut up frame with good upper body development…Shows sudden explosion off the line of scrimmage and can get to top speed instantly. Natural hands catcher who will not hesitate to compete for the ball in air. Plays with very good field awareness. Timed speed in the 4.2's.

Negatives: Has the deep speed to get vertical in a hurry, but seemed hesitant to take a hit in the first part of 2004, while he was coming back from a leg injury. Didn't make many big plays as a senior, despite his quickness.


Charlie Bernstein's initial take-

Cro Thorpe seems to have all the physical skills to succeed in the NFL, but hasn't yet in his two stops in Kansas City and Indianapolis respectively. If you struggle catching passes from Peyton Manning, you're probably going to struggle catching them from David Garrard, Cleo Lemon, Todd Bouman, and Paul Smith.

With all the competition the Jaguars have at wide receiver, and Thorpe not already familiar with the Jaguars system, it will be a tall task for him to make the Jaguars final 53-man roster. That said, he could catch some training camp lightening in a bottle and possibly earn a spot if he can perform in special teams as an explosive return man. If I were a betting man (and I am), I would bet against Craphonso Thorpe having a long career in Jacksonville. Lets wait and see.


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