Gregg Cambareri: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
With the 23rd spot, the Giants could go a few different ways. However, if Jason Pierre-Paul is not brought back, that leaves a glaring hole at defensive end. Yes, Romeo Okwara played valiantly in his absence, but depth on the defensive line has always benefited defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Fortunately for the G-men, defensive end is arguably the deepest position in the draft, top heavy with premium talent. Myles Garrett, Jonathon Allen and Derek Barnett will likely be gone by the time the Giants pick, but one player to watch is Stanford’s Solomon Thomas.
The junior finished with eight sacks, and a showcased a disruptive performance in the Sun Bowl against Mitch Trubisky and North Carolina. At 6-foot-3 and 273 lbs, he has the ideal size to play in any scheme and would compliment Olivier Vernon well.
The only question is in a draft dominated by defense, will Thomas still be on the board at 23?