The NFL Draft is just over two weeks away, and Solomon Thomas is trending in the right direction as the big day pulls into view.
Even a cursory look at any mock draft shows you that Thomas is one of the most highly coveted prospects in this draft class, and while Myles Garrett seems like a lock to go first overall, Thomas might be the next best sure thing.
At CBS Sports, Dane Brugler predicts that the 49ers will take Thomas with the 2nd overall pick, highlighting General Manager John Lynch’s Stanford background as a connection between the player and franchise:
Yes, there is the Stanford connection with general manager John Lynch, but more importantly, Thomas is an excellent football player who adds immediate pass rush help on the defensive line.
Over on The Ringer, Danny Kelly also belies that the 49ers will pick Thomas 2nd overall. He writes:
San Francisco needs a true weakside edge rusher for early downs. Thomas is an instant impact starter at that spot, and he’s got the Michael Bennett–esque ability to bring pressure from the interior on third downs.
Dan Kadar from SB Nation believes the 49ers are the landing spot for Thomas as well.
Thomas gives the 49ers something they just don’t have in Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner.
So are all the mock drafts in agreement here? Is Thomas sure to be the #2 overall pick?
I did find one dissenter. Rotoworld’s Josh Norris, who thinks Thomas will be picked third overall by the Chicago Bears.
Thomas is a really, really, really good football player. He can rush from the edge or possibly work inside. The Bears’ older pass rushers are nearing the end of their contracts, or at least the guarantees. I would not be shocked to see a tackle, although many would scream against the value. Piling resources into the offensive line for a new quarterback can work.
Either way, things are looking pretty rosy for Solly.