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Prospect Profile: Stanford DE Solomon Thomas

Solomon Thomas

Defensive end| Stanford| Junior

Height:6-foot-3 | Weight: 273 pounds

College Stats

2016: totaled 62 tackles (41 solo) with 15 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble; scooped up a fumble and returned it 42 yards for a score against UCLA; named the MVP of the Sun Bowl; named as Second-Team All-American by Football Writers Association of America and USA Today; the Associated Press listed him as a Third-Team All-American; named to All-Pac-12 First Team; won the Morris Trophy, which is given to Pac-12's best defensive lineman

Career: totaled 101 tackles (65 solo) with 25.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 27 career games; named as Honorable Mention on All-Pac-12 team as a sophomore; returned a fumble 34 yards for a score against USC

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds (11th among defensive linemen)

Bench press: 30 reps of 225 pounds (tied for fourth among defensive linemen)

Broad jump: 10 feet, 6 inches (fifth among defensive linemen)

Vertical jump: 35 inches (tied for fifth among defensive linemen)

3-cone drill: 6.95 seconds (fourth among defensive linemen

20-yard shuttle: 4.28 seconds (tied for third among defensive linemen)

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Summary:Thomas seemed to get better as the season went along and ended his college career with a monstrous performance against North Carolina in the Sun Bowl [seven tackles (five solo), two tackles for loss and a sack]. A big-name recruit coming out of high school, Thomas did not play as a freshman before rocketing up draft boards the past two seasons. He is now a likely first-round pick.

Lance Zierlein of said of Thomas: "Angular build, well-built frame. His mother, father and uncle were all collegiate athletes. Lined up at multiple positions. Has ravenous approach to the game. Gets out of the blocks quickly and attacks with early, skilled hands. Stays hungry and wants to feast. Powerful for his size. Shows ability to win with power or quickness. Outstanding athleticism. Fluid in his play. Transitions from move to move. Unpredictable pass rush."

Stacking up: NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks both had Thomas as the fourth-best edge rusher before the combine, but moved him up to their No. 2 spot after the showcase. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated has Thomas as the second-best defensive end, saying he "has been generating top-10 buzz. He can work off the edge but also has the power to create mismatches as an interior rusher."

Down under: Thomas was born in Chicago and went to high school in Texas, but he also lived in Australia for five years when he was younger. * *

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