NASHVILLE, Tn. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- On Friday night, the Kansas City Chiefs made defensive back Juan Thornhill the highest NFL Draft selection from the University of Virginia in almost a decade.
The Chiefs took Thornhill at No. 63 overall in Round 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday night. Thornhill is the first UVA player taken in the second round of the draft since cornerback Ras-I Dowling was selected by the New England Patriots at No. 33 overall in 2011.
Thornhill was a first-team All-ACC selection at safety last fall after playing the previous two seasons at cornerback. Thornhill led UVA with 98 tackles, and his six interceptions ranked third both nationally and in the conference. With 13 career picks, Thornhill finished his UVA career tied with Chase Minnifield for sixth on the program's all-time interceptions list.
Thornhill joins Dowling, Chris Cook (2010) and Lester Lyles (1985) as Virginia defensive backs taken in Round 2 of the NFL Draft. Thornhill is the first UVA player drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs since offensive lineman Branden Albert in the first round in 2008.