Friday, May 9, 2014
49ers pick Brandon Thomas in 3rd
By Bill Williamson
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The pick: Brandon Thomas, guard, Clemson
My take: Thomas was a great value pick at No. 100 overall, but he won't help this year. He tore his ACL while working out for the New Orleans Saints recently. He will probably miss all of his rookie year but is expected to be a long-term starter. With Mike Iupati a free agent next year, this is a good get for the future.
Follows trend: This pick is no surprise. Last year, the 49ers -- equipped with extra picks and few needs -- took defensive lineman Tank Carradine and running back Marcus Lattimore. Both were coming off torn ACLs. Like Thomas, they were high-value picks.
What's next: The 49ers have seven picks Saturday -- Nos. 106, 129, 150, 170, 180 243 and 245. I doubt they'll use all seven, they just don't have the roster room. Expect more trades up and more trades for next season. However, with so many late picks Saturday, I wonder if they would use one on Missouri pass-rusher Michael Sam, who is poised to become the first openly gay active NFL player. Sam seems to fit the 49ers' defensive scheme.