TSV Scouting Department

Brandon Thomas

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Brandon Thomas Photo: CUTigers.com

Breakdown:

#63
Class: Senior
Height: 6'3 1/3"
Weight: 316 lbs.
School: Clemson
Bio:
  • Team co-captain (2013)
  • 2x First-team All-ACC (2013)
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll member (2013)
  • Registered 32 knockdowns in 13 games
  • 36 career starts

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Thomas accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • The former Clemson star is one of our favorite oline prospects because of his strong hands and ability to stone defenders when he gets them in his sights.  On Monday, I did see him struggle with change of direction on one snap when his feet got completely out of whack. He ended up having a solid practice including his patented wrestling-style toss where he dominates the defender’s shoulder and leverages him to the ground.
  • Thomas will give up the edge when he stops moving the feet and tries to rely on his longer arms, but when he gets his hands on defenders, he is usually able to lock them down.
  • Showed an ability to re-gather himself and stone inside spin moves and nobody was able to bull rush him in individual matchups.  Thomas is being projected to guard due to his lack of height (6'4), but we saw nothing that would indicate that Thomas couldn't play tackle in the NFL.
  • Whether he is playing tackle or guard, we didn't run into a single NFL team who didn't speak highly of Thomas' play during Senior Bowl week.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.09 seconds
  • Bench Press - 35 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 29"
  • Broad Jump - 8'2"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 8.13 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.83 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 34 3/4"
  • Hand size - 10 1/2"

Pros

  • NFL body type with NFL power in his hands
  • Keeps a sturdy, wide base in pass sets
  • Good foot quickness with choppy shuffle steps in protection as a tackle
  • Shows good awareness
  • Will likely move inside, but has pass pro skills to be a swing tackle
  • Not a ballerina to the 2nd level, but tends to get guys blocked
  • As a sophomore showed quickness around corner as pulling guard

Cons

  • Will let his hands get wide in protection
  • Generates most of his run game power with upper body rather than leg drive
  • Feet slow way down upon contact as run blocker
  • Lacks length and will give up "first touch"
  • May need to develop more lower body power

Film Room

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:40 Stones both defenders on E/T stunt with powerful punches
4:08 Glides out to DE, engages and drives him to the ground
4:23 Sinks hips and anchors quickly upon contact in pass pro
7:00 Allows himself to get walked back too far

Report

Brandon Thomas was a starting left guard as a sophomore, but moved to left tackle for his junior and senior season.  In 2012 he was named 2nd team All-ACC by the coaches and in 2013 he was named to the 1st team by those same coaches.  Thomas is a redshirt senior who already has his degree in Secondary Education.
 
The very first thing that jumps off the field at me is the NFL-caliber power in Thomas' hands and his punch.  You can see defenders jarred when Thomas really gets into them and he has they strength in his hands to lock DEs up when he gets a good grip on them.  Because of his height (6'3) and lack of length, he will likely need to move inside to guard.
 
Thomas displays foot quickness with his pass sets and was asked to pull quite a bit when he was a sophomore guard so I'm not really worried about him being asked to block in space.  One area of concern I do have is that Thomas appears to be too content to rely on his powerful upper body rather than getting push with leg drive.  As a guard, he'll have to do a much better job of bringing his feet into play after contact and he has to drive opponents rather than "lean and push".
 
Thomas offers position flexibility thanks to the quickness in his pass sets and he showed good awareness when teams tried to run stunts up front.  Thomas has an NFL frame and the type of heavy hands that a team can work with.  Right now, I trust him more in pass protection than I do as a run blocker, but I still like his NFL potential.