Carolina Panthers 2012 Draft: Wisdom In Selecting Solomon?

Hello again CSR nation. Your resident latter round prospect "expert" is very excited to introduce to you a relatively unknown player who isn't getting the recognition that I believe he deserves. If you've never heard of Scott Solomon, it's probably because he played football for the lowly Rice Owls. But don't let this fact discourage you from giving this guy a chance.

When I read Jaxon's excellent article today regarding Quinton Coples' motor and work ethic, or lack thereof, I thought it would be appropriate to shine the light on Solomon, a defensive end who stands in complete contrast to how the former Tarheel is viewed. In fact, if you like athletically gifted players who never quit during a play because they have a non-stop motor and unmatched work ethic, then this is your guy. Let's continue to examine whether or not it would be wise to draft Solomon in a later round after the jump.

Solomon wreaked havoc on the opposition throughout his college career, but unfortunately, he did have a hiccup on the injury front when he lost a full season after suffering a devastating foot injury. But that didn't stop him from coming back for his final season to post a couple of career bests in the sack(8) and tackle-for-loss(13) categories.

In an article that was written just before the combine, David Baliff, his coach while at Rice, said the following three things about Solomon that particularly caught my attention: 'He has the lungs of Lance Armstrong', 'He never fatigues', and 'He could have been a cross-country runner'. Does that get your attention? It did mine.

Furthermore, this same article also gave a few revealing quotes from a former Rice Owl defensive end who spent 12 years in the NFL and is now Solomon's agent. His name is N.D. Kalu, and he didn't mince words when elaborating on the 'great motor', 'overachiever' labels that seem to follow Solomon wherever he goes. Kalu surmised that those terms are often used by scouts to describe how they view white players who lack athletic ability, and he believes this type of unfair portrayal is a 'slap in the face' to his client. It's important to note that Kalu isn't biased in his opinion because he is of Nigerian descent and he apparently felt the need to air his frustrations over this stereotype concerning his client.

Either way, Solomon is a force to be reckoned with when you consider the fact that he can power clean 421 lbs, bench press 500 lbs, and squat 600 lbs. According to his agent he can run a sub 4.8 in the forty and bench press 225 lbs 40 times. As you will see in the table below, Solomon was unable to live up to those two particular expectations, but he finished with some very good numbers nonetheless. Personally, I'd draft this guy in a heartbeat, and in some respects, I like him in the 6th round better than I do Ingram or Coples in the 1st round. Why don't you be the judge? Look at the comparison tables below, view his highlight video, and then tell me what you think by voting in the poll.

DE Melvin Ingram

Height Weight Forty BP BJ Vertical 3 Cone
6' 1" 264 4.79 28 9' 1" 34.5 6.83

Year Solo Assist Total Sacks TFL PBU QBH FF
2009 10 6 16 3.5 1 1 1 0
2010 17 11 28 9 11 1 1 1
2011 31 17 48 10 15 2 6 0

DE Quinton Coples

Height Weight Forty BP BJ Vertical 3 Cone
6' 6" 284 4.79 28 9' 1" 31.5 7.57

Year Solo Assist Total Sacks TFL PBU QBH FF
2009 12 10 22 5 6.5 0 2 0
2010 33 26 59 10 15.5 2 12 2
2011 29 26 55 7.5 15 2 7 3

DE Scott Solomon

Height Weight Forty BP BJ Vertical 3 Cone
6' 3" 262 5.00 34 10' 4" 35 7.17

Year Solo Assist Total Sacks TFL PBU QBH FF
2009 39 24 63 5.5 10.5 2 1 2
2010 out out out out out out out out
2011 36 17 53 8 13 1 4 0


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