Panthers meet with Solomon Thomas after Stanford Pro Day

The Carolina Panthers know they're likely to get a premier player at No. 8 overall in the NFL Draft.

Now it's just a matter of trying to find out which one they're going to select.

Carolina got an up close and personal look at one of its potential first-round selections on Thursday, meeting with standout defensive end Solomon Thomas after Stanford's pro day, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

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Head coach Ron Rivera, assistant general manager Brandon Beane and college scout Khary Darlington all attended Stanford's pro day Thursday before the Panthers met with him afterwards.

Thomas has been projected anywhere from No. 2 overall in the draft to the middle of the first round. The 6-foot-3, 273-pounder is considered a complete defensive end heading into late April. He stood out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis recently with 30 reps on bench press, a 126-inch broad jump and a 6.95-second three-cone drill.

Despite Carolina's activity at the defensive end position this offseason (it has signed Julius Peppers and re-signed Wes Horton, Mario Addison and Charles Johnson), the Panthers could use a younger player at the position, especially with Peppers at age 37 and on a one-year deal, and Johnson at age 30 having signed a two-year deal.

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