DL Solomon Thomas, 6’3’’ 273 Stanford
Where He Excels:
Excellent athlete for a guy his size, moves fluidly and with purpose. Possesses an elite, explosive first step which will cause fits for even the best NFL offensive linemen. Has a developed and vast set of pass rush moves including a wicked spin move and active hands. Ability to transition speed into power allows him to put offensive linemen on skates when bull rushing. Slippery player who gets off blocks well. Quickness and penetrating ability make him a force against the run. Versatile, fits in both a four man and three man fronts. Showed up and took over bowl games against Iowa and North Carolina.
Where He Needs Work:
Size is on the small side. May be too small to play inside full time while also lacking the length to play outside. Questions about strength to hold up against NFL offensive linemen. At times play too straight up which could hurt against long armed offensive linemen. Too many offside penalties in 2016 (7).
Only a redshirt sophomore, Thomas followed up an impressive sophomore season where he led the Cardinal in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks with an impressive showing at the combine. In an NFL where interior pass rushers are at a premium Thomas possesses athleticism and explosiveness rarely found in players of his size making him an extremely desirable prospect in this year’s upcoming draft. Expect him to be among the first ten players to be chosen in the draft and I foresee him having a long and very successful career.