DE - SF
The 49er's are declining Solomon Thomas's fifth-year option and he should become a free agent after the 2020 season.
2017's third overall pick will be hitting the free agent market following the 2020 season after failing to live up to his draft stock. The Stanford product was touted as a pro-ready defensive tackle but only started three games last season, recording 21 total tackles and two sacks. He will most likely sign to a short-term "prove-it" deal after this season.
Solomon Thomas recorded five solo tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack on four quarterback hits in Sunday's 18-15 overtime loss to Arizona.
Thomas tied for the team lead in snaps along the defensive line and produced a solid game because of it. He had been getting pressure on the quarterback but was finally able to break through with his first sack in the NFL. His versatility across the defensive front has been a big bonus and he has shown steady improvement each week. Thomas has the potential to record eight to ten sacks as a rookie and depending on his designation in your league could vault him into the low end DL1 category. However, until he produces with consistency he can't be counted on as a weekly starter but is worth an add even in shallow leagues as bye weeks approach.
Solomon Thomas finished with four solo tackles, including one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
Thomas got the the starting nod, the first of his career, against Seattle and had an overall solid performance. The 49ers would like to see more of a pass rush from him but Thomas is still getting used to NFL speed after missing all of the offseason workouts because of an outdated rule. His first meaningful snap came in the second week of the preseason so he is still knocking off the rust a little bit. Thomas shouldn't be rostered but should be on watch lists, as he has the potential to get eight to 10 sacks with his ability to move all over in this defense.
Solomon Thomas played the majority of the first preseason game logging two tackles, one QB hit with multiple other hurries.
Thomas was all over the field looking dominant at times. He lined up at multiple positions across the defensive front and saw success at all of them. He didn't play much with the first team defense but he played the majority of the game. Thomas was also briefly examined by the medical staff but reentered the game. Thomas is shaping up to have a big role in this defense and is looking every bit worth the third overall pick. Right now he is a stash with upside but expect his draft stock to increase. Currently going undrafted, his ability to line up anywhere on the line should make him a high end DL3 low end DL2 range by the time week one roles around.
Solomon Thomas is starting to show his coaches and teammates what he is capable of after finally getting to practice. The third overall pick is receiving snaps at all levels on the depth chart while slowly climbing the ladder.
Thomas is listed as a second teamer on the depth chart released prior to the first preseason game. With that being said he is listed behind Tank Carradine, who is a proven veteran but not as talented as Thomas. It should be only a matter of time before he takes over the starting spot at RDE. Regardless of if he is a starter or not he will receive his share of playing time as the 49ers figure to rotate players in and out in order to keep players fresh. With his versatility he can rotate to multiple positions on the line making him a three down player. In leagues that start multiple defensive lineman or that just start a lineman DE or DT he is in the conversation of DL3/bye week fill in with high upside. Keep an eye on him this preseason. If he gets substantial playing he will have double digit sack upside in this defense playing the Michael Bennett role, vaulting him into DL1 conversation.