29. San Francisco 49ers
Of all the surprises from the first round of this year’s draft, the argument can be made that nothing was more shocking than the San Francisco 49ers trading down with the Chicago Bears, and still getting the player they wanted in Solomon Thomas at No. 3. Everyone assumed the trade was made by the Bears to land the former Stanford star, but the team decided to trade up to land Mitch Trubisky instead.
For weeks, there was plenty of speculation surrounding the 49ers using the second pick on a quarterback, but the decision to go with Thomas instead was a great call by the organization. As bad as it sounds, there were plenty of concerns surrounding Trubisky due to his lack of experience as a starter, and San Francisco was better off focusing on the defense in the first round since the unit ranked near the bottom of the league in 2016.
To top off the selection of Thomas, the 49ers made out well later in the round as well after managing to land Reuben Foster later in the round at No. 31. Even if there were a few red flags surrounding the pick of Foster, to land him this late in the first round was a huge steal for San Francisco, assuming the linebacker can remain healthy.