Brandon Thomas, the former Clemson left tackle, may be a Day 3 steal for some patient team. In an extremely unfortunate and ill-timed event, Thomas tore his ACL earlier this month working out for the New Orleans Saints. The once projected 3rd round pick now finds himself in a draft stock free fall as he’s sure to miss his entire rookie season while he recovers.
Thomas (6’3” 317 lbs) is built more like a guard than a tackle and probably fits better on the interior anyway. He has long arms and is very quick out of his stance. He plays with good technique and has good movement. He lacks top strength so he could struggle in a man blocking scheme but should be a good fit for the Cowboys zone blocking scheme.
Brandon Thomas is athletic and has done well against top competition including one on one against Jadeveon Clowney. The Cowboys could obviously use the help now but let’s be honest – even with the perfect draft, they aren’t going to be contenders in 2014. Thomas should be available in the 6th round and the Cowboys have plenty of seventh rounders to move up and grab him. They could also be patient and wait to see if he falls to the seventh (which is also possible) and take a shot there. Whoever picks Thomas will get a top quality guard with ability to provide backup depth to the tackle positions.
Considering most 6th and 7th rounders fail to ever make an impact in the NFL, it may not be even a gamble – just delayed gratification.
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