Why He Regresses
At 6-foot-2 and 256 pounds, it’s easy to understand why some draft analysts and scouts viewed Solomon Thomas as a bit of a “tweener” — too small for regular work on the inside and not long enough to play outside.
Perhaps this was reflected in his pass-rush productivity rating of 6.4 a year ago, which ranked 36th among 39 qualifiers, per PFF.
Thomas did manage to disrupt the pocket on a few occasions last year, particularly on the inside. But the only issue was it wasn’t consistent enough. More than a few times, Thomas was taken out of plays by sole blockers and didn’t flash enough pass-rushing moves to negate the engagement. And while Thomas’ run-stopping abilities were solid, the Niners didn’t use a top-three draft pick to grab someone to merely contain opponents’ ground games.
What would be the disappointment here is if Thomas emerges as merely an OK player and nothing close to elite.
Any failure to improve on the aforementioned issues could wind up being pretty detrimental to his chances to make a serious impact this season and beyond.