Will solid Combine showing, position versatility enhance Brandon Thomas' NFL value?

Robbie Caldwell: 'Based on past experience, it's very valuable to teams if a player can do more than one thing'

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Some say he's a tackle, others a guard.

Brandon Thomas doesn't care - he just wants a chance to play in the NFL.

Constantly cross-training during his career at Clemson could give Thomas a versatility edge, depending on the specific needs of interested NFL teams.

Thomas started his first nine games as a Tiger at left guard as a sophomore, before settling in at tackle the past two years.

Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell says that by learning, and playing, multiple positions, an offensive lineman enhances his professional potential.

"Based on past experience, it's very valuable to teams if a player can do more than one thing," Caldwell said. "They may need a guard and they may need a tackle. They only get to keep like eight linemen, and then usually have one or two on the practice squad. So being able to step in there and play where you're needed is important."

Thomas, who has been widely rated among the nation's top 10 offensive tackle prospects, gave a good account of himself during his four days at the NFL Scouting Combine.

He weighed in at 6-3, 317 pounds, and both his arm length and hand-span placed him among the top 10 offensive linemen.

He placed sixth among offensive linemen in the bench press, with 35 repetitions at 225 pounds.

In Saturday's on-field workouts, he ran a 5.09 40-yard dash, had a 29.0 inch vertical jump, a 98.0 inch broad jump, a time of 8.13 in the two-cone drill, and a time of 4.83 in the 20-yard shuttle.

Bests among the offensive line group included 42 bench press repetitions by UNC's Russell Bodine; a 40-yard dash of 4.87 by Michigan's Taylor Lewan, who also had the top broad jump at 117.0; a 33.5 vertical jump by Boston College's Matt Patchan; and times of 7.30 in the two-cone drill and 4.37 in the 20-yard shuttle by Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard.

Wide receivers worked in the bench press on Saturday, with Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant both recording 16 repetitions. South Carolina's Bruce Ellington had 15, while Indiana's Cody Lattimer had the top mark with 23.

On-field timing and drills for wide receivers, quarterbacks and running backs will be held on Sunday.

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