NFL Draft News & Analysis

49ers take Solomon Thomas after trading down

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 15: Solomon Thomas #90 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Notre Dame Stadium on October 15, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

  • The 49ers made Solomon Thomas the third overall pick in the draft Thursday, nabbing him after a trade down with the Chicago Bears.
  • The former Stanford Cardinal was a dominant run defender in 2016, topping the class with a 92.5 run-defense grade.
  • His run-stop percentage of 12 percent ranked third.
  • Thomas also managed a pressure every 10 pass-rush snaps, again ranking third in the class.
  • The dominant defensive lineman joins a corps including DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead, but the front is desperate for help on the edge.
  • Thomas has the versatility to play on the interior or the outside.

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