Josh Thornton
CB #47
Southern Utah
West Palm, Fla.

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Enters his rookie campaign with the Lions defensive secondary as an undrafted rookie free agent.


  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2017.


Enters his rookie campaign with the Lions defensive secondary as an undrafted rookie free agent.


A steady presence during his two years in the Southern Utah backfield after transferring from Alan Hancock College. Compiled 70 total tackles and five interceptions during that time.

2016: Started in all 11 games for the Thunderbirds. Finished the season with 28 tackles, three interceptions, and eight pass defenses.

  • Earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors for his efforts during the 2016 season.

2015: Appeared in all 12 games for the Thunderbirds, helping the team win its first ever Big Sky Conference championship. Recorded 16 solo tackles and 16 tackle assists on the year.

  • Credited with two tackles for a loss on the year as well as two interceptions.


Attended Glades Day High School (West Palm Beach, Fla.).

  • Three-year football letterman in high school.
  • Was first-team Palm Beach Post All-Area selection his senior year.
  • Ran track & field while in high school. Won 400m state championship.

Recent Articles

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