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Cover 2: Clemson G Brandon Thomas & Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Cover 2 is a daily look at players on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects in the 25 days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

The following players who entered the 2014 NFL Draft were ranked in Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 (as of April 1). Click below for a write-up of each duo:

RB Carlos Hyde/RB Bishop Sankey | LB Khalil Mack/TE Eric Ebron | LB Anthony Barr/TE Jace Amaro |
LB C.J. Mosley/TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins | LB Ryan Shazier/LB Chris Borland |
OT Greg Robinson/DE Jadeveon Clowney | OT Jake Matthews/DT Aaron Donald |
OT Taylor Lewan/DT Timmy Jernigan | OT Zack Martin/DT Louis Nix III |
OT Morgan Moses/DT Ra’Shede Hageman | OT Cyrus Kouandjio/DE Kony Ealy |
G Xavier Su’a-Filo/DE Dee Ford | G Brandon Thomas/DE Stephon Tuitt |
QB Teddy Bridgewater/DE Demarcus Lawrence | QB Johnny Manziel/DT Dominique Easley |
QB Blake Bortles/QB Derek Carr | WR Sammy Watkins/CB Justin Gilbert |
WR Mike Evans/FS Calvin Pryor | WR Odell Beckham Jr./FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
WR Marqise Lee/CB Darqueze Dennard | WR Kelvin Benjamin/CB Bradley Roby |
WR Brandin Cooks/CB Kyle Fuller | WR Jarvis Landry/CB Jason Verrett |
WR Davante Adams/SS Jimmie Ward | WR Paul Richardson/CB Lamarcus Joyner

Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson, Senior

College experience: Thomas played guard and tackle during his collegiate career but is being projected at guard in the NFL. He was picked as a permanent co-captain and named first-team All-ACC (coaches) in 2013 after starting all 13 games at left tackle and recording 32 knockdowns. Thomas was named second-team All-ACC by coaches in 2012 when he became Clemson’s starting left tackle and had 23 knockdowns in 13 starts. He started 10 of the 13 games he played in 2011, recorded 39 knockdowns and became the first Clemson offensive lineman to score a touchdown since 1966 (fumble recovery in the end zone). Thomas played in 10 games in 2010 after redshirting in 2009.

Combine measurements: Height 6 feet, 3 inches; Weight: 317 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 5.09 seconds; Bench press: 35 reps; Vertical jump: 29 inches; Broad jump: 8 feet, 2 inches; 3-cone drill: 8.13 seconds; 20-yard shuttle: 4.83 seconds

Jeremiah’s ranking: 48th out of the top 50 prospects

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame, Junior

College stats: Tuitt was first-team All-Independent after starting 13 games and recording 49 tackles (24 solo), nine tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 2013. He was second-team All-America in 2012 when he had 47 tackles (23 solo), 13 tackles for loss, 12 sacks (second-most in a season in Notre Dame history behind Justin Tuck’s 13.5 in 2003) and returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown. Tuitt played in nine games and made three starts as a freshman in 2011 when he had 30 tackles and two sacks. He opted to enter the NFL Draft with a year of eligibility remaining but not before finishing his career tied for third in school history with 21.5 sacks.

Combine measurements: Height 6 feet, 5 inches; Weight: 304 pounds

Combine performances: Bench press: 31 reps; Tuitt was not cleared medically to participate in other events.

Jeremiah’s ranking: 34th out of the top 50 prospects

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