The file on Brandon Thomas
Brandon Thomas attended Dorman High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina and was considered a four-star offensive tackle according to Rivals.com. He tore his ACL as a high school senior, but was still considered the No. 8 ranked player in the state of South Carolina. He accepted a scholarship to Clemson University.
After Thomas redshirted in 2009, he appeared in 10 games in a reserve role for the Tigers. Thomas played in 13 games (starting 10, nine at left guard, one at left tackle) as a sophomore. He was selected as a First-Team All-ACC selection in 2012 after starting all 13 games on the season. He had a team-high 23 knockdowns over the course of the season. Thomas came into his senior season heralded as one of the best tackles in the ACC. He lived up to the bill with a team-high 32 knockdowns and a second First-Team All-ACC selection.
Following his senior season, Thomas participated in the Senior Bowl where his draft stock took off with a strong week of practice. He bench pressed 225 pounds, 35 times at the combine and measured in with nearly 35-inch arms. Thomas tore his ACL while working out for the New Orleans Saints in April 2014. The 49ers selected Thomas with the No. 36 pick in the third round (No. 100 overall). He is projected to be redshirted and play guard.