3 trades the Vikings should make before the 2020 NFL Draft

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Solomon Thomas – DE (San Francisco 49ers)

After he was selected with the third pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Solomon Thomas hasn’t exactly lived up to his expectations during his tenure with the 49ers.

During his first two years, Thomas started 25 games for San Francisco. But last season, the young pass rusher saw his time on the field reduced and he only appeared in 41 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps.

Despite his early struggles, Thomas still has plenty of time and the potential to develop into a solid defensive lineman.

He’s only 24-years-old and he has the versatility to line up as either a defensive tackle or a defensive end. Plus, Thomas is still on his rookie contract and it would only deliver a cap hit of around $4.3 million if the Vikings were to acquire him in a trade.

With Everson Griffen recently announcing his plans to play elsewhere for 2020, Minnesota is in need of some pass-rushing depth at the very least.

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If the Vikings are confident that co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson can transform Thomas into a quarterback-eating machine, then he might be worth giving up a third-round pick or lower to acquire from San Francisco.