Clayton Thorson has reportedly pulled out of this year’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, according to Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy (by way of AL.com’s Creg Stephenson).
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy confirms that Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson has pulled out of this year’s game. So they are back to 8 QBs.— Creg Stephenson (@CregStephenson) January 16, 2019
Nagy said today it was an ankle injury.— Creg Stephenson (@CregStephenson) January 22, 2019
It’s unclear if the injury is the same one Thorson sustained in the Holiday Bowl. Thorson limped off the field and missed some time in the fourth quarter against Utah Dec. 31 in San Diego, though he returned to the game to take a knee on Northwestern’s final offensive series. It didn’t look as if Thorson’s injury was serious, but it doesn’t make sense for the quarterback to participate in the Senior Bowl if he isn’t 100 percent.
For what it’s worth, Thorson has drawn at least a third-round grade from at least 10 NFL teams. Keep in mind, NFL teams often inflate these grades a bit, but it gives you a general idea of where teams see Thorson going, especially when you factor in that teams often overpay for quarterbacks.