Juan Thornhill
Thornhill in the 2019 NFL season
No. 22 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Free safety
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-19) October 19, 1995 (age 26)
Altavista, Virginia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Altavista (Altavista, Virginia)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Total tackles:158
Pass deflections:11
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Juan Thornhill (born October 19, 1995) is an American football safety for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Virginia.

Early years

Thornhill attended Altavista High School in Altavista, Virginia. He played safety and quarterback in high school. He committed to the University of Virginia to play college football.[1] Thornhill also played basketball in high school.[2]

College career

Thornhill played at Virginia from 2015 to 2018.[3] Thornhill played cornerback and safety at Virginia, where he graduated in December 2018 with a degree in Anthropology. During his career, he had 208 tackles, 13 interceptions and 1.5 sack.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
31+18 in
(0.79 m)
8+34 in
(0.22 m)
4.42 s 1.57 s 2.60 s 44.0 in
(1.12 m)
11 ft 9 in
(3.58 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]


The Kansas City Chiefs selected Thornhill in the second round with the 63rd overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.[6] Thornhill was the sixth safety drafted in 2019.[7] The Chiefs originally acquired the second round pick (63rd overall) during a trade with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018.

External video
video icon Chiefs draft Juan Thornhill 63rd overall

On May 14, 2019, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Thornhill to a four-year, $4.64 million contract that includes $1.79 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.37 million.[8][9] Throughout training camp, Thornhill competed to be the starting free safety against veteran Daniel Sorensen. The role was vacant after the Chiefs released Eric Berry and following the departure of Eric Murray in free agency.[10] Head coach Andy Reid named Thornhill the backup free safety, behind Daniel Sorensen, to begin the regular season.[11]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars and recorded eight combined tackles (five solo) during a 40–26 victory. Thornhill was named the starting free safety immediately after kickoff.[12]

In Week 6 against the Houston Texans, Thornhill recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Deshaun Watson in the 31–24 loss.[13] In week 13 against the Oakland Raiders, Thornhill intercepted a pass thrown by Derek Carr and returned it for a 46 yard touchdown in the 40–9 win.[14] He finished the season with three interceptions and 42 tackles finishing off an impressive rookie campaign.[15]

On December 29, 2019, Thornhill tore his left ACL in a game against the Los Angeles Chargers, forcing him to miss the postseason after starting all 16 games of the regular season.[16] Without Thornhill, the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers 31–20. He was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp on July 31, 2020.[17] He was activated from the list on August 19, 2020.[18]


In Week 4 against the New England Patriots, Thornhill recorded his first interception of the season during the 26–10 win.[19] Thornhill finished the 2020 season with 41 total tackles, three passes deflected, and one interception.[20] Thornhill helped the Chiefs reach Super Bowl LV, but lost 31-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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  2. ^ Hayes, Tim (March 11, 2015). "HAYES: Thornhill in Honaker's side remains". Bristol Herald Courier. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved March 9, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Blum, Sam (July 28, 2018). "Thornhill has big shoes to fill in Virginia secondary". The Daily Progress. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved March 9, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Counts, Ron (March 4, 2019). "Former Virginia DB Juan Thornhill turns heads at NFL Scouting Combine". The Daily Progress. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved March 9, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Juan Thornhill Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  7. ^ Swanson, Kent; Sweeney, Pete (April 26, 2019). "NFL Draft results: Chiefs select Virginia S Juan Thornhill at No. 63". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved September 19, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Williams, Charean (May 14, 2019). "Chiefs sign Juan Thornhill, leaving only one pick unsigned". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 19, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Spotrac.com: Juan Thornhill contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Chiefs Go Defense With Second Selection, Taking S Juan Thornhill". SI.com. April 26, 2019. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020.
  11. ^ Goldman, Charles (September 3, 2019). "Chiefs release first depth chart of 2019 season". Chiefs Wire. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Goldman, Charles (September 3, 2019). "Chiefs rookie Juan Thornhill to start at FS over Daniel Sorensen". Chiefs Wire. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  13. ^ "Watson, Hyde lead Chiefs to 31-–24 victory over Chiefs". espn.com. Associated Press. October 13, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Chiefs rout Raiders 40–9 to seize AFC West control". espn.com. Associated Press. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Juan Thornhill 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  16. ^ "Chiefs lose rookie safety Thornhill to torn ACL". ESPN.com. December 30, 2019. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  17. ^ Williams, Charean (July 31, 2020). "Chiefs place Juan Thornhill, Martinas Rankin on PUP". NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  18. ^ Goldman, Charles (August 19, 2020). "Injury update from Chiefs training camp: DB Juan Thornhill practices for first time". USAToday.com. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  19. ^ "New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs – October 5th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  20. ^ "Juan Thornhill 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 19, 2021.