Stanford Cardinal defensive lineman Solomon Thomas has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the third pick overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 49ers had traded down one pick, swapping with the Chicago Bears.
The 49ers had been predicted to take Thomas in plenty of mock drafts. San Francisco was in need of plenty of players and wanted more picks. The Bears as it turned out actually wanted Mitch Trubisky from the North Carolina Tar Heels instead of Thomas. The 49ers still ended up with Solomon Thomas and they got him along with 3 extra third round picks and a 4th round pick.
Solomon Thomas came to Stanford as a four Star recruit out of Texas. After being redshirted his freshman year, Thomas has developed into one of the best defensive ends, not just in the PAC-12, but in the entire NCAA. In his two seasons on the field at Stanford, Thomas recorded nearly 100 total tackles, 24.5 of which were for a loss of yards. Thomas also recorded an impressive 12 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries. Thomas led Stanford to a victory in the Sun Bowl last season as he abused the UNC offensive line the whole game. Solomon Thomas also won PAC-12 defensive player of the year.
Solomon Thomas will be able to make an immediate impact on the 49ers. Last season, the 49ers surrendered the most rushing yards and touchdowns in franchise history.
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