Possesses the footwork to be an outstanding lineman...has been both a starter and backup...has 43 knockdowns in 913 snaps over 23 games (10 starts) in his career.
Thomas helped the Clemson offense average over 40 points and 500 yards per game this year. A first-team All-ACC selection last year, Thomas has started 35 consecutive games and has 96 career knockdown blocks.
First-Team All-ACC selection (media) ... first-team All-ACC by CBSSports.com ... Second-Team All-ACC selection (coaches) ... second-team All-ACC by Phil Steele ... had 23 knockdowns in a team-high 987 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) ... had one knockdown in playing all 89 snaps against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1 ... had one knockdown in 52 snaps against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had a team-high five knockdowns in playing all 79 snaps at #4 Florida State on Sept. 22 ... had one knockdown in playing all 85 snaps at Boston College on Sept. 29 ... had three knockdowns in 92 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had two knockdowns in playing all 67 snaps against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had two knockdowns in 84 snaps at Wake Forest on Oct. 25 ... had three knockdowns in 60 snaps at Duke on Nov. 3; named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week ... had two knockdowns in 71 snaps against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had one knockdown in playing all 102 snaps against N.C. State on Nov. 17 ... played all 59 snaps against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24 ... had two knockdowns in playing all 103 snaps against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31; he played most of the game at right offensive tackle after Gifford Timothy suffered a game-ending injury in the first half.
Had 39 knockdowns in 777 snaps over 13 games (10 starts)...third on the team in knockdowns...had four knockdowns in 89 snaps against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17...played 70 snaps in his first career start had one reception for -1 yards off a deflected pass against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24...had six knockdowns in 56 snaps at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1...played all 82 snaps at Maryland on Oct. 15...graded 85 percent with four knockdowns in 62 snaps at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29; recovered a Tajh Boyd fumble in the endzone for a touchdown; it was the first touchdown by a Tiger offensive lineman since 1966...graded 81 percent in a combined 84 snaps at guard and tackle against Wake Forest on Nov. 12...graded 86 percent in 68 snaps at offensive guard and offensive tackle against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3...had four knockdowns in 75 combined snaps at guard and tackle against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
Had four knockdowns in 136 snaps over 10 games...had a 74-percent grade in 40 snaps against Presbyterian College...had two knockdowns and an 81-percent grade in 11 snaps at #15 Auburn...had a knockdown and a 78-percent grade in 22 snaps at Wake Forest.
Rated as the #66 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com...#14 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and #14 offensive tackle by Scout.com...member of the Rivals.com 250...#8 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com and #12 player by SuperPrep...#31 offensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep...member of the All-America 250 by PrepStar...Shrine Bowl selection but did not play due to injury...coached by Dave Gutshall at Dorman High...recruited by Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.
Member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2009-10...majoring in secondary education...born Feb. 18, 1991.
- 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