Exhibits the short-area quickness to make up for a false step and cut off opposing linemen inside while staying on his man. Possesses above-average anchor strength, maintaining leverage into/through contact and doing a good job extending him arms into the chest plate of opposing defenders. However, doesn't look as comfortable playing from a two-point stance. Gets a bit too overextended with his footwork off the snap and isn't as quick or powerful with his punch, allowing defenders to easily slip his block in space and get up the field.
Nevertheless, displays above-average coordination on his kick-slide when asked to play right tackle. Showcases good balance, keeping his feet under him and is much more compact as a puncher. But he isn't the same kind of Velcro player when asked to play on the edge. Isn't overly powerful at the point of attack in the run game, but has the short-area quickness and flexibility to get under blocks on contact and seal.
Impression: A versatile offensive lineman with experience at both left guard and right tackle. Showcases good coordination when asked to slide his feet in pass protection and his flexibility in his lower half makes me think he has the ability to become a solid/good run blocker in the NFL. A bit of a projection, but should have a shot in a camp to make a roster."
Positive: Productive college lineman who is best in a small area. Bends his knees, makes good use of body positioning, and stays square to seal defenders from the action. Patient in pass protection, quickly gets his hands up, and correctly places them into defenders, knocking opponents from their angle of attack. Has good quickness and controls opponents once engaged in a block.
Negative: Gets tall in his stance as the play proceeds. Lacks footwork in pass protection and can be exploited by speed rushers. Struggles to adjust and does not display great agility.
Analysis: Thorson possesses good size for the next level and has shown flashes of ability. He's best playing inside at guard, where he can serve as a backup."