49ers draft Clemson G Brandon Thomas with the 100th pick

49ers draft Clemson G Brandon Thomas with the 100th pick
May 9, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Clemson G Brandon Thomas tore his ACL during a pre-draft workout with the Saints. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers selected injured guard Brandon Thomas in the third round with the 100th overall pick.

Brandon Thomas
Guard
Clemson
6 foot 3 1/4
317 pounds
Selection: Third round, No. 100 overall

Chosen ahead of . . . CB Jaylen Watkins (Florida), CB Bashaud Breeland (Clemson), WR Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma).

College career: Thomas made 36 career starts with 27 coming at left tackle and nine at left guard. He also saw some action at right tackle.

Scouting report: “Thomas is at his best when he stays balanced and patient, but just needs to do it consistently – showed much improved hand placement as a senior and cut down on the mistakes. He stays 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 – has starting potential, but his recent ACL injury will knock him down draft boards into the mid-to-late rounds.” – NFLDraftScout.com 

How he fits: Thomas sustained a torn ACL during a pre-draft workout with the New Orleans Saints more than a month ago. Consider himself another 49ers redshirt pick. He is not expected to suit up for a game this season, which means his contract will “toll.” All rookies sign four-year contracts, so Thomas conceivable will be with the 49ers for an additional four years after this season. With Mike Iupati entering the final year of his contract, Thomas might be viewed as insurance in case Iupati ends up leaving for a lucrative contract.

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