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2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandon Thomas, OG

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 317 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
170105

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.062.951.8235 298'2"4.838.13
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- -08'03"4.757.83

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Has good size with long arms. Effectively combo blocks with his mobility and looks natural blocking on the move. Uses proper hand use with a strong initial punch and flashes power at the point of attack to latch and drive. Stronger than he looks. Uses wingspan to slow rushers in pass protection and bury defenders in the run game. Uses angles well and has heady, veteran awareness. Good motor and fights through the whistle.

WEAKNESSES: Average-at-best height and body type. Average kickslide quickness to protect the edge with choppy footwork. Too mechanical in his movements. Late out of his stance too often and needs to show consistent snap anticipation. Needs to bend consistently at his knees, often hunched over at his waist. Looks uncomfortable in space or when asked to cover a large area. Average upper-body strength. Rushers get to his body too easily. Struggles to recoil when initial punch misses.

Player Overview

Thomas was a four-star recruit out of high school and stayed in state, choosing Clemson over South Carolina. He redshirted in 2009 and was a backup in 2010 before earning a starting role at left guard. He started every game at left tackle, protecting Tajh Boyd's blindside and earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2012 and '13. Has versatility and experience as a three-starter and senior captain -- 36 career starts (27 left tackle, 9 left guard) with playing time at right tackle.

When he stays balanced and patient, Thomas often excels, but doesn't do that consistently. He showed much improved hand placement as a senior and cut down on the mistakes. He stayed alert through the whistle and he needed to at Clemson with Boyd often scrambling. Thomas has the length to smarts to stay at tackle, but he also struggles vs. speed rushers and is a much better option inside at guard.

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Player News
05/12/2014 - The 49ers took three players coming off ACL tears that might be forced to miss the entire season while rehabbing: guard Brandon Thomas (third round), corner Keith Reaser (5th round) and fullback Trey Millard (seventh round). It's been an ongoing trend of Baalke's over the last two seasons to select players with such injuries and giving them a year in the team's facility before asking them to become contributors on the 53-man roster.

Last year, San Francisco's second round pick Tank Carradine was coming off an ACL tear suffered in November of his last season at Florida State. Carradine rehabbed all summer, didn't participate in training camp and began practicing with the team six weeks into the season. But he never made it on the roster due to scar tissue buildup inside his knee that required offseason surgery.

In the fourth round of that same draft, the 49ers selected Lattimore, who many believed would have been the first running back selected had he not tore three ligaments and dislocated a knee cap in his final game with South Carolina. Because his roster has been so deep over the last two seasons, Baalke has been willing to take chances on player he believes are better than their status. But with 2014 being the first time Carradine and Lattimore will take the field, it's still unknown if it's a worthy strategy. - The Sports Xchange

 

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