By: Steve Johnson
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
6’2 5/8″ 273, 33″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands
4.69 40, 35″ vert, 126″ broad jump
2015: 13 games. 37 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 FR (1 was for a 34 yard TD
2016: 13 games. 61 tackles, 14 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 2 FR, 1 FF
Accolades: 2015 Honorable mention All-Pac-12, 2o16 Morris Trophy (top Pac-12 DL), 2016 First team All-Pac-12
History: Thomas was born in Chicago but spent his youth years in Australia before becoming an All-American and nationally ranked recruit out of Texas.
Strengths: Strong (3o reps at combine). Very athletic, ran faster at the combine than I expected. Also showed better change of direction and agility than I expected (6.95 3-cone drill and 4.28 short shuttle). Hungry pass rusher, that is relentless. Great leader, was team captain. Good character, both on and off the field. Explosive lower body (35″ vert, 10’6″ broad, and 1.56 10-yard split). Can be used in multiple formations, playing end in both odd and even fronts and shifting inside on passing downs.
Weaknesses: Would need to add bulk to survive in an odd front. Doesn’t have elite length for an end in an even front. Has seven offside penalties last year. Doesn’t really create on his own, not elite pass rushing skills.
Overview: Explosive, strong, quick athlete DE that can play in either front and can shift inside on passing downs. Doesn’t have elite size and will need to add bulk in the NFL and work on his passing rushing skill set.
Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.5