Stanford Cardinal defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is the first Pac-12 pick off the board, and he’ll be sticking in the Bay Area with the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners took Thomas third overall.
Thomas shows repeatedly that he at least knows how to defeat blockers both inside and out, against the run and against the pass. He’s a physical specimen with a decent level of technique. It’s going to come down to whether teams think he will fix his effort issues on the next level, and, since his hands aren't likely to grow any more at this point, if he can get his hands stronger.
If he can do at least one of those things, Thomas could be a Pro Bowler three years from now. If he can do both of those things, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was in the DPOY conversation three years from now.
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