Brandon Thomas wows scouts with stellar Senior Bowl performance

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Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas block Georgia defensive end Josh Dawson in the second quarter.

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Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas block Georgia defensive end Josh Dawson in the second quarter.

By all accounts, Tajh Boyd's week at the Senior Bowl did little to enhance his stock for the 2014 NFL draft.

Not so for Tiger offensive tackle Brandon Thomas, whose performance at Mobile earned him strong reviews.

After watching Thomas at practice all week, MMQB's Greg A. Bedard gave a very favorable review of Thomas' performance:

"I fell in love with Clemson T/G Brandon Thomas when he handled South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney largely one-on-one this season," Bedard wrote. “That continued this week. His smart, savvy and tough play reminds me a bit of future Hall of Fame guard Brian Waters. Thomas just knows how to play."

Noted NFL draft analyst Tony Pauline also raved about Thomas:

“Entering Senior Bowl week, the opinions on Thomas from scouts were rather unanimous: Thomas was a college left tackle who projected to guard in the NFL. Not so fast. On Tuesday, the big lineman displayed tremendous pass-protecting skills and had no problem shutting down rushers, both those who tried to overpower him on the inside and those who attempted to beat Thomas with speed around the corner. He's a strong blocker with long arms, which he effectively used to knock defenders from the play. Tuesday was a big win for Thomas, who now has NFL scouts thinking he may have the makeup to stay at left tackle.”

Meanwhile, Pauline, like others, was surprised at Boyd's struggles with passing inaccuracy:

“I'm not talking statistical accuracy,” Pauline wrote of Boyd. “What I'm talking about is he makes his receivers work too hard to catch the ball. In basically pitch-and-catch drills, where he was asked to throw the deep out, the ball was sailing over receiver's heads, they were adjusting backwards to make the reception, they had to leave their feet. They were all off-balance because he can't hit them in stride.”

Boyd started the Senior Bowl for the North team, but completed just seven of 16 passes for 31 yards. He had an early interception in which he floated a ball into double coverage.

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meb4077 writes:

In one of the NFL playoff games the QB overthrew a back-up receiver on a long out. It was simply that the backup wasn't as fast as the starter. After throwing to Sammy and Martavis, overthrowing is understandable.

The passing drills and crossing pattern inaccuracy is the bigger issue.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Good to hear of Brandon Thomas and his successful play at the Senior Bowl. As far as Tajh not doing very well it is probably gonna cost him a lot of money but he will make it all back. The few times he wasn't dead on the money when throwing the ball while the Clemson quarterback he was always throwing high. He seldom just missed a guy unless there was a busted route or he made the mistake on the route. Tajh will be fine once he gets to the NFL and starts working out with the offense. His abilities are not just gonna disappear. He has good skills and it's just unfortunate he had a bad week down in Mobile. He will certainly overcome that one bad week and flourish as an NFL quarterback.

TRUTH4U2 writes:

in response to tigerrob44#291802:

Good to hear of Brandon Thomas and his successful play at the Senior Bowl. As far as Tajh not doing very well it is probably gonna cost him a lot of money but he will make it all back. The few times he wasn't dead on the money when throwing the ball while the Clemson quarterback he was always throwing high. He seldom just missed a guy unless there was a busted route or he made the mistake on the route. Tajh will be fine once he gets to the NFL and starts working out with the offense. His abilities are not just gonna disappear. He has good skills and it's just unfortunate he had a bad week down in Mobile. He will certainly overcome that one bad week and flourish as an NFL quarterback.

Tajh will not be drafted. He may be picked up as a free agent. But I dont see an NFL future for this kid.

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