49ers Select Solomon Thomas No. 3 Overall

With the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, the 49ers have selected Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. Thomas was regarded by most as the best defensive end available after Myles Garrett. Solomon Thomas 49ers (vertical)

Thomas enters the NFL after two strong collegiate seasons. In 2016, Thomas had 61 total tackles – including 14 tackles for a loss – and 8.5 sacks. He’s a three-technique player with the ability to play on the inside when asked, though most evaluators would like to see him beef up in order to hold his ground on the interior. Depending on who you ask, Thomas is either labeled as versatile or as a “tweener”. Either way, no one denies that he is a high-level talent.

With the Niners, he projects to start at defensive end with 2015 first round pick Arik Armstead on the other side. The Niners will have free agent pickup Earl Mitchell and 2016 All-Rookie selection DeForest Bucker on the inside.

Moments ago, the Niners traded down from No. 2 to acquire Chicago’s No. 3 overall selection plus more. The 49ers also received picks No. 67 and No. 111 this year plus a 2018 a third-round pick next year. Ultimately, they got a king’s ransom to move back just one spot and land one of this year’s very best talents.

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  1. Z-A

    7 games vs Top-25 ranked teams. 2.5 Sacks, 6 TFL, 2 Hurries…. very over-rated player.

  2. Thronson5

    I like the pick. I think he’s a big dude with a lot of strength. He can over power the O Line. We need as much help as we can on defense.

    • Thronson5

      I’d like to trade back into the first round with all those picks. Maybe grab a shut down CB.

      • politicsNbaseball

        Yeah I also preferred a CB over a DE but can’t complain about the three extra picks for moving down one spot

  3. bravesfan88

    The 49ers didn’t really have a need on their DL, but guys like Thomas aren’t available very often. Thomas or Allen would have either been an excellent pick up for this team. They are obviously focusing on building their defense from the line on out.

    With Thomas, Buckner, Armstead, Mitchell, Dial, Blair, and Carradine the 49ers should be pretty set to find some early success in their new 4-3 scheme…

    They could use some help adding a versatile LB, maybe in the 3rd round to get mentored by Bowman. The 3rd round pick could join Malcolm Smith, Bowman, Ahmad Brooks, Aaron Lynch, Eli Harold, and Ray-Ray Armstrong…

    The 49ers next main focus though should truly be their secondary. Losing Brock was a big hit to an already thin secondary. They have some talent on the backend with Reid, Tartt, and the versatile Jimmy Ward, but they are seriously lacking in talent and depth as far as their CB’s .

    The 49ers do have some intriguing guys that have shown flashes like Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, Will Redmond, Rashard Robinson, and K’Waun Williams, but literally and unfortunately that is it!! Out of that group Dontae Johnson has the most playing experience; as this will ONLY be his 4th season in the league. K’Waun Williams and Keith Reaser are both only entering their 3rd seasons, and Rashard Robinson and Will Redmond are both only entering their second seasons. Even with that Redmond was hurt for the majority of the 2016 season, so this will really and truly be his first full season coming up in 2017…

    Hopefully the 49ers can draft a versatile LB, snag maybe a guy like Conley, ONLY if their gut tells them he’s innocent, and hopefully they can grab another talented and versatile DB later on in the draft. If the 49ers can get those 3 players, I’m hoping this young defense can all grow close and learn together and grow together as a unit. Then maybe in 3 years, our beloved 49ers might have the makings of a solid defense again!! But that is still a big maybe, and the offense is a whole other story…Although, I’m confident by the 3 year marker, Shanahan will have his fingerprints all over this teams offense, and hopefully through FA and the draft he can build up this offense, and the young team can grow together as one, cohesive unit!!

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