With three picks already in the books for the San Francisco 49ers they opted to trade back with the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 94. A trade that sent their third-round pick (No. 94) to the Browns in exchange for their fourth-round pick (No. 106) and sixth-round pick (No. 180), the 49ers struck another two-for-one deal. A sensible trade considering they are likely building for the 2015 NFL Draft, they will likely package a number of these late-round picks for future 2015 selections. However, the 49ers were again on the clock in the third-round (No. 100) and wasted no time in selecting Clemson G Brandon Thomas.
Thomas has once again something that GM Trent Baalke covets in an elongated wingspan measuring at 34 3/4 inches. At 6-foot-3 and 317 pounds, Thomas can be a viable replacement should G Mike Iupati depart via free-agency. A player that saw his draft stock fall due to a torn ACL suffered in a private workout with the New Orleans Saints, Thomas is nonetheless a mauler in the run game if he puts in the work.
With Baalke selecting another injured player with high potential, it should come as no surprise as he also selected injury prone players in DE Tank Carradine and RB Marcus Lattimore last season. With the 49ers continuing to build their roster they continue to find value in later rounds.