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Brandon Thomas | Guard

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/18/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 315

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49ers selected Clemson T/G Brandon Thomas with the No. 100 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Thomas (6-foot-3, 317) was one of our favorite offensive line prospects to watch on college tape. He frustrated Jadeveon Clowney in Clemson's November clash with South Carolina, playing with a mean streak and finishing to the whistle. Thomas has left tackle length (34 3/4-inch arms) and athleticism (5.09 forty, 29-inch vertical), and was outstanding protecting Tajh Boyd's blind side in college. He made 36 starts. Thomas might have been a late first-rounder if not for a torn ACL suffered during the pre-draft process. He'll spend his rookie year on the 49ers' reserve/NFI list and could replace LG Mike Iupati, who's entering the final year of his contract, in the starting lineup in 2015. Fri, May 9, 2014 11:23:00 PM

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Clemson OL Brandon Thomas underwent successful ACL surgery on Wednesday, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan.

"Went well," Caplan passed along. "Expected to be able to practice in season by some time in October." Draft insider Tony Pauline believes Thomas, once thought to be a potential late-first rounder, will likely drop to the fourth- or fifth-round now. Thomas will begin his rookie campaign on the PUP list.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 09:44:00 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas will likely drop to the fourth- or fifth-round after his ACL injury, according to insider Tony Pauline.

Thomas injured his knee while working out for the Saints, and is expected to have surgery in the immediate future. he will almost certainly have to redshirt next season for whichever club takes him. We consider Thomas a top 50 talent, as he displays an athletic lower half and powerful punch.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 12:37:00 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL tear on April 23.

In the cruelest story of this year's process, Thomas wrecked his knee while performing a noncontact drill during a private workout for the Saints. He'd received some late first-round pick buzz, but at this point it'd be a slight upset if he even goes on Day 2. Because of the talent, the fourth round is a decent prediction for his destination next month.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 05:43:00 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas' ACL tear "will have the league and the agents re-considering this move to more individual workouts," according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

The catastrophe occurred on a noncontact drill during a private workout for the Saints. "Why risk it when there is so much tape to watch on a player and there's combine and pro-day workouts?" Prisco wrote. "If I were an agent, I would say my client is resting on his pro-day workout. It's just not worth the risk. Thomas was considered a potential late first-round pick and now will likely not go until the fourth round. That's just stupidity. What's the reason? To see how he does in the short shuttle again?"
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 08:22:00 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas' ACL tear occurred during a private workout for the Saints, according to Aaron Wilson.

The injury had already been reported, but this is the first time team specifics have been mentioned. "Thomas will undergo surgery soon to repair the damage following a serious knee injury a month out from the NFL draft," Wilson writes. The Clemson product had a chance of being a late first-round pick, as he offers plenty of power and held up well in pass protection on an island.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas suffered a torn ACL in training last week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

This is just terrible news. Not only was Thomas a site favorite, his play as a versatile tackle or guard had been drawing rave reviews from evaluators. So much, in fact, that he could have squeezed into the first-round. Thomas has an athletic lower half, a powerful punch, and did well out on an island to mirror pass rushers. A team could get a very talented prospect at a reduced price.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 02:01:00 PM

NFL network's Daniel Jeremiah believes four OL prospects will turn out to be immediate starters on the interior.

Those four include Clemson's Brandon Thomas, Nevada's Joel Bitonio, Colorado State's Weston Richburg and USC's Marcus Martin. The Latter two will battle for the first center position while the first two mentioned could also be selected at tackle. We believe Thomas and Bitonio have a decent chance of landing in the late first-round.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas made his debut in Mike Mayock's ranking as the draft analyst's No. 3 G.

Thomas sits behind David Yankey and Xavier Su'a-Filo, but jumps LSU's Trai Turner and Miss State's Gabe Jackson. We think Thomas can play both tackle and guard, but some will immediately put him inside thanks to his 6'3" height. Thomas has exceptional length, a powerful upper body and an athletic lower half.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 10:47:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns worked out Clemson OL Brandon Thomas, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline adds Thomas is looking more and more like a top-45 pick. The versatile offensive lineman is a favorite of Rotoworld's Josh Norris, ranking him as the No. 34 overall prospect in this class. Norris warns Thomas could still make his mark in the late first-round, since he offers left tackle ability as well as some consideration at guard.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 01:12:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein believes Clemson senior OL Brandon Thomas is a "late first to mid second round pick" due to his position versatility.

"There are some people really sleeping on Clemson's Brandon Thomas. He's going late first to mid second round and can play tackle in the NFL," Zierlein tweeted. It's a huge plus when a prospect can offer a team position versatility. If Thomas is able to step in and play where he's needed, it gives NFL teams some flexibility on their depth chart right away. Thomas has received comparisons to future Hall of Fame guard Brian Waters.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:10:00 PM

Clemson senior OL Brandon Thomas "held up very well at left tackle" during the Senior Bowl, according to Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

Thomas protected Tahj Boyd's blind side as Clemson's left tackle in 2013, and he practiced at the same spot during Senior Bowl week. Because Thomas performed so well, Savage now believes he could potentially handle that spot in the NFL. Scouts already had no questions about his ability to play right tackle or guard at the next level, so Savage believes Thomas offers NFL squads "three-position flexibility."
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 09:46:00 PM

Clemson senior OL Brandon Thomas earned a comparison to Brian Waters from The MMQB's Greg A. Bedard.

"I fell in love with Clemson T/G Brandon Thomas when he handled South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney largely one-on-one this season," Bedard writes. "That continued this week. His smart, savvy and tough play reminds me a bit of future Hall of Fame guard Brian Waters. Thomas just knows how to play." This is a very similar sentiment to our own Josh Norris. The NFL obsesses with measurables, but Thomas might have enough length to stay on the outside. His athletic lower half is one of his best traits.
Source: The MMQB
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 11:41:00 AM