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.