College: Florida State
Birthday: June 27, 1983
Craphonso Thorpe’s outstanding junior season was cut short when he broke two bones in his leg during Florida State’s double-overtime win over North Carolina State. “Cro” (what, you expect him to go by “Crap”?) missed the Seminoles’ final two games, and Bobby Bowden lost his primary deep threat.
Speed is Thorpe’s greatest weapon. In the spring of his sophomore year, Thorpe won the ACC outdoor track titles in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. He averaged 19.5 yards per catch, and of his 11 touchdowns, seven came from at least 25 yards out. In his best game, he burned Notre Dame for seven catches, 217 yards, and two touchdowns. No opposing player had ever posted that many receiving yards on the Irish in a single game. Thorpe has also returned kickoffs, although he has not done much of that since becoming more involved in Florida State’s offense.
Thorpe’s dedication to his rehab program appears to have paid off, as he reportedly blazed a 4.3 40 late this summer. He still needs to prove on the field that he is fully recovered. Thorpe tends to rely on his speed rather than technique, so he needs to polish up his fundamentals in order to more easily adjust to playing against NFL cornerbacks. Thorpe has added over 30 lbs. since arriving at Florida State, but will never be considered a “big” receiver.
Thorpe has shown that he is more than just a track guy playing football; he is not only a burner but also a playmaker. He would be a great fit for the Texans opposite Andre Johnson.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca
Craphonso Thorpe’s 2003 Stats G CTH YDS AVG TD 11 51 994 19.5 11 Craphonso Thorpe Home