Solomon Thomas Agrees to Rookie Contract with San Francisco 49ers

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27:  (L-R) Solomon Thomas of Stanford poses with Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell after being picked #3 overall by the San Francisco 49ers (from Bears) during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers and first-round pick Solomon Thomas agreed to terms on a rookie contract on Friday. 

49ers GM John Lynch posted a photo of Thomas signing the contract at training camp:

The 49ers tabbed Thomas as a future cornerstone along their defensive line with the third pick in this year's draft, marking the third time in as many years the team selected a defensive lineman with a first-round pick following the additions of Arik Armstead in 2015 and DeForest Buckner in 2016.

The question moving forward, then, revolves around where Thomas will line up when the 2017 season opens since the 6'3", 273-pound force is capable of playing defensive end or defensive tackle in the 49ers' 4-3 scheme. 

For now, though, it looks like Thomas will move around quite a bit based on whether the 49ers are in their base defense or a sub-package. 

According to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner, defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina "told Thomas at the combine he would envision him working at left defensive end in coordinator Robert Saleh's 4-3 defensive scheme, with the versatility to move inside to defensive tackle in passing situations."

Whether he's operating as a disruptive force off the edge or knifing through interior offensive linemen to blow up running plays for losses, Thomas should start to wreak havoc in no time.   

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