Roc Nation Expands Its NFL Practice

Per Liz Mullen of SBJ, Roc Nation Sports has expanded its NFL practice by hiring another football agent and adding a top-10 draft pick.

John Thornton, left, has left Octagon to join Roc Nation Sports. Photo via wvgazettemail.com.
John Thornton, left, has left Octagon to join Roc Nation Sports. Photo via wvgazettemail.com.

The agency represents former Notre Dame offensive tackle and No. 6 overall draft pick from last month’s NFL Draft, Ronnie Stanley. Last week, the agency hired agent John Thornton, who was previously with Octagon. A former NFL defensive end, Thornton received his NFLPA contract adviser certification in 2013. He served as an adviser to NY Jets quarterback, Geno Smith, a Roc Nation client.

Usually when an agent leaves one agency to join another, he or she brings clients with them. It is not yet known how many clients will follow Thornton to Roc Nation, but sources say that some clients are expected to stay with Octagon.

At the draft, Thronton and other Octagon employees were with former UCLA linebacker, Myles Jack, in the green room. Thornton had told Octagon that he was leaving the firm, but the split was amicable. Jack, who declared for the draft shortly after suffering a season-ending knee injury, was projected as a high first round selection, but fell to the No. 36 overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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