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49ers select OL Brandon Thomas in third round of 2014 NFL Draft

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The San Francisco 49ers took OL Brandon Thomas with the final pick of the third round for the 2014 NFL Draft. He is coming off a torn ACL injury and will be expected to miss the 2014 NFL season.

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.

Thomas tore his ACL in April when working out for the New Orleans Saints, but has the potential to be a future O-lineman down the road. He is built to be an offensive tackle, but has the most experience at the guard position.

He has a great wingspan and size at 6-3, 317 pounds. Thomas will most likely sit out the 2014 season and be stored for the long-term on the non-football injury list.

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