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Make the Case: OT Cam Robinson vs. DE Solomon Thomas

Posted Feb 21, 2017


NFL Draft Experts debate if Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson or Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas would be a better fit for the Giants.

With our “Make the Case” series on Giants.com, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on which player you would like the Giants to select with the 23rd pick in the first round.

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In this debate, we look at Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson vs. Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas:

Be sure to vote and Make YOUR Case in the comments below!

Cam Robinson , OT, Alabama

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com projected Robinson, who started all 43 games of his career at left tackle and was one of the Tide’s three unanimous All-America selections in 2016. The 6-foot-6, 326-pounder also claimed the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, as well as first-team All-SEC honors.

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Brinson: “The biggest issue for the Giants last year was an inability to keep Eli Manning protected -- even though he was only sacked 21 times, he was consistently under pressure from opposing defenses. Adding Robinson will shore up the pass protection and help improve the Giants’ run game.”

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Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus liked Thomas, the 2016 Morris Trophy winner as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. At 6-foot-3 and 273 pounds, Thomas recorded a team-high 62 tackles, 15.0 tacklesfor loss, 8.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries in his final season.

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Palazzolo: “Thomas’ 92.0 run-defense grade led the nation, despite playing mostly on the interior for Stanford at an undersized 270 pounds. He projects better on the edge in base defense, where his ability to shoot gaps and shed blocks should be too much for tight ends to handle. As a pass-rusher, Thomas had improved the last three years, as his 86.5 pass-rush grade ranked seventh in the nation in 2016, and he’ll likely do his best work rushing from the interior in sub-packages.”