We are a couple of weeks away from the 2017 NFL Draft and one name reportedly getting more and more buzz at the top of the draft is Stanford pass rusher Solomon Thomas — and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller hears the Jacksonville Jaguars are a very interested suitor if he falls to them.
In his latest scouting report, Miller believes the San Francisco 49ers could get him at No. 2 overall, but also says not to count out the Jacksonville Jaguars:
The hottest name in NFL draft circles right now is Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas. Many in the NFL media have connected him to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 2 overall. I continue to hear from scouts that the Jacksonville Jaguars really like him if he's there at pick No. 4. Thomas, a redshirt sophomore entry, has shot from a potential top-15 player to what seems like a lock in the top five.
The Jaguars have invested a lot into their defense over the past few seasons, including this offseason with additions like Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye. While a lot of the links at the number four pick has been with a running back, particularly Leonard Fournette, I believe Thomas offers a lot of depth and rotation options.
With newly hired Executive VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin having final say on the roster, you can imagine he'd want to have the waves of pass rushers he had at his highest success with the New York Giants. Thomas offers versatility in the sense he can play strong or weak side and has a home as a base down end, being able to hold up against the run. He's the perfect pick to help rotate with the older Campbell as a rookie and eventually take the starting job.
What do you think? Is Thomas the right pick if he falls to No. 4 or would you have rather see the Jaguars take someone else?