San Francisco 49ers

Player draft capsule: 49ers first-round pick Solomon Thomas

Solomon Thomas

Selected: No. 3 overall

College: Stanford

Position: Defensive end/defensive tackle

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 273 pounds

Comment: John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have been talking about changing the culture in the 49ers locker room all offseason. Thomas’ selection fits that theme. He’s a tireless worker and team leader who gives the 49ers an element of toughness. He also is particularly good against the run – a good fit on a 49ers team that ranked last in rushing defense last year.

Thomas: “I watched Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner in college. So I tried to see them a little bit more (last year) and they’re great young players on the rise and it’s going to be an honor to learn from them. I love watching hard-nosed football. I love watching NaVorro Bowman and how he plays and some other players. I can’t wait to play with them and learn from them and be under their wing.”

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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