DL Solomon Thomas
The San Francisco 49ers selected Nick Bosa out of Ohio State with the second overall pick in the draft. They now have a starting defensive line with the likes of DeForest Buckner, Bosa, Dee Ford, and Arik Armstead. The odd man out? The 2017 third overall pick in the draft, Solomon Thomas.
The 49ers were attempting to shop Thomas during the draft, but had no luck. After waiting until the seventh round to add depth to their defensive line in Terry Beckner, the Buccaneers should get their friend John Lynch on the phone today and work out a deal. While uncertainty still surrounds Gerald McCoy and his $13 million contract, the Buccaneers cannot risk moving on from him with only William Gholston, Beau Allen, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, and Beckner behind him.
Jason Pierre-Paul and Vita Vea are crossing their fingers McCoy stays too with this lack of depth which rests behind them. While Thomas has not lived up to the hype of a third overall pick, the Buccaneers have the chance to add a player with a high ceiling for cheap. If Tampa Bay is set on moving on from McCoy, then they must have a fallback plan.
In two seasons in the NFL so far, Thomas has only managed four sacks and 13 tackles for loss. However, allowing Bowles to get his hands on him and mold him could pay big dividends for Tampa Bay.