Solomon Thomas NFL Draft Profile
Size: 6’3 273lbs
- Hand placement
- Gets off blocks quickly
Analysis: Solomon Thomas’ game film is impressive and down right fun to watch. He lined up at multiple positions for the Cardinal who employ a hybrid 3-4 and 4-3 scheme. Thomas seems to fit best at defensive end in either one of those systems which increases his popularity within NFL scouting departments. He has a ravenous approach to the game. Getting 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. Attacks both the edges and can crank up a bull rush. Uses swipes, rips and arm-over to unlock his rush. Hands and feet work in unison. Has lightning-quick spin move he can access to unhinge from block and find new life in his rush. Violent disengagements from blocks leave no doubt the blocker has lost the battle.
- Inconsistent pad level
- Not disciplined at the snap (7 offsides penalties in 2016)
- Play strength struggles on the interior
Analysis: There were some flaws on Solomon’s game film– his length is below average as five-technique. Plays with inconsistent pad level. Needs to get bigger and stronger through his lower body. Tends to play taller as play rolls along and can get washed out of plays by strong down blocks. Hands are quick but need more consistent pop behind them. Overall play strength can be improved. “Big and strong” across from him causes some issues. Gets engulfed at times. Snap-count guesser with seven offsides penalties in 2016.
NFL Comparison: Justin Smith
Draft Projection: Top 10
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