@PanthersMax I could see DE Solomon Thomas as a possibility - pass rush relied too heavily on ext blitzes last season and he may end up BPA— Jordan Hallett (@jordanhallett91) February 13, 2017
Why it makes sense: Solomon Thomas has what it takes to be a three-down defensive end in the NFL, and his athleticism and tenacity makes the former Stanford Cardinal a top-tier prospect. To quote NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein, “Thomas has the potential to be the best defender from this draft class.”
Thomas (6-foot-3, 273 pounds) is strong enough to hold up against the run in a 4-3 scheme and he’s proven he can get to the quarterback with a variety of pass-rush moves (15 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior in 2016).
My two cents: It’s very early in the process of course, but Thomas might well be in the conversation for best player available when the Panthers are on the clock. Anyone who follows this team knows general manager Dave Gettleman is committed to the BPA approach.
The Panthers finished second in the NFL with 47 sacks, but a young pass-rusher would help Carolina generate more pressure with its front four, and that’s when the defense is at its best.