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Falcons must adjust draft board with Thomas’ injury

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Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Associated Press

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Associated Press

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who was being heavily scouted by the Falcons, suffered a torn ACL while working out last week.

The Falcons have made no secret that they are looking for offensive and defensive line help this offseason.

The Falcons sent two scouts — Billy Devaney and Anthony Robinson — to see Thomas on his Pro Day on Thursday, March 6.

Thomas played for the Falcons coaching staff in the Senior Bowl. On his Pro Day, he didn’t try to improve on his scouting combine numbers, but appeared fluid and powerful in position drills.

“Even though he’s only 6-foot, 3 1/4 (inches tall), he’s got left tackle feet and long arms,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said on his Pro Day. “So, the conversation is he a left tackle or is he a guard? Ultimately, he could probably survive out wide, but he might be a Pro Bowl guard.”

Thomas lifted 225 pounds 36 times at the combine, which was the sixth-highest total.

“I think a lot of teams are going to look at him inside,” Mayock said. “He won’t get out of the second round.”

Before the injury, Thomas was rated as the sixth best guard in the draft and projected to go in the third or fourth round, according to NFLdraftscout.com.


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