The 2017 NFL Draft is just 38 days away. And while Draft Day draws closer, opinions still differ as to what the San Francisco 49ers will do with the No. 2 overall pick.
Stanford pass-rusher Solomon Thomas has become the trendy pick. Thomas had a fine season for the Cardinal in 2016 with 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, but he made a name for himself in the Sun Bowl against North Carolina. Thomas may have only recorded one sack against the Tar Heels, but he dominated the line of scrimmage and got constant pressure on highly-touted quarterback prospect Mitchell Trubisky.
Below is our fifth round of expert predictions with 17 guesses for what will happen on April 27.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Thomas
"Thomas has the versatility to play up and down the line of scrimmage, and he seems like a perfect match for what John Lynch is trying to build."
Todd McShay, ESPN: Thomas
"With a good combination of quickness and power, Thomas would be a good fit for the defense Robert Saleh hopes to build out West."
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Chad Reuter, NFL.com: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Thomas
"The 49ers don't need another big body in the middle, but Thomas is the top player on the board and gives them another disruptive defender to anchor an emerging defense."
Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Thomas
"Yes, there is the Stanford connection with general manager John Lynch, but more importantly, Thomas is an excellent football player who adds immediate pass rush help on the defensive line."
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Thomas
"There are a lot of scouts who think this will happen, even though the 49ers need a quarterback. Thomas can be special."
Rob Rang, CBS Sports: Thomas
Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Trubisky
"I absolutely remain convinced that Trubisky is the best quarterback in this draft class and that he would be an excellent fit in the system that Kyle Shanahan will install in San Francisco. This is a moot point if something happens between the Redskins and Kirk Cousins."
Jared Dubin, CBS Sports: Thomas
"Between the Stanford connection, Thomas' athletic testing at the combine, and all the noise around Thomas heading to San Francisco, this seems like where the No. 2 pick is heading."
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Trubisky
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated: Adams
"The pick is Adams here, because a) he deserves to be a top-five option, and b) in Adams and
Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report: Adams
Luke Easterling, USA Today: Thomas
"Don’t be surprised if the 49ers pass on the top quarterbacks for a powerful edge defender who helps their scheme transition."
Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com: Thomas
Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Final Tally (17 total)