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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Christian McCaffrey will start off as a punt returner in addition to duties as a running back and receiver.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

On playing against former Stanford teammate Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, new 49ers DE Solomon Thomas said: "That's my best friend, I love him to death. I can't wait to play him."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

What was Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey's immediate reaction to joining quarterback Cam Newton in the Panthers' backfield? "I smiled. I just knew he would make all of our jobs easier. I hope we can do some special things.''

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

New 49ers DE Solomon Thomas said he has admired Seattle's Michael Bennett and the Niners have relayed to him that he will likely step into a role similar to what Bennett plays for Seattle. That means it's safe to expect Thomas to work at left defensive end on early downs and kick inside to pass rush on passing downs.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford running Christian McCaffrey got a chance to meet Panthers team owner Jerry Richardson and his wife when he was in Charlotte for a visit. "What amazing people they are,'' he said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The immediate reaction of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey on being selected by the Panthers with the No. 8 pick: "This is a dream come true right here. This is an unbelievable honor. I can't tell you how thankful I am for the coaching staff believing in me.''

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

Stanford coach David Shaw told me RB Christian McCaffrey is the most competitive practice player he's ever coached.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

As colleague Field Yates pointed out, with Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey headed to the Carolina Panthers, he will get a chance to head back to the Bay Area to play against former teammate Solomon Thomas and the 49ers in Week 1.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey's versatility will show up in the Panthers offense. He's a clean route runner with the 4.48 speed to create matchups. Align in the slot or release from the backfield. Plus, look for the Panthers to use McCaffrey on edge runs in three-wide receiver packages. This is an upgrade for QB Cam Newton.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

Christian McCaffrey is good for 10-or-so carries per game in Carolina, and he's also the rare RB who's an elite slot receiver. He can also help in the return game if the Panthers want. He's a FOUR-down player.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

The Eagles were one of the teams believed to be interested in Christian McCaffrey, but he goes at 8 to the Carolina Panthers. Plenty of good players still available, including DL Jonathan Allen, CB Marshon Lattimore, S Malik Hooker, DE Derek Barnett and WR John Ross.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers selected Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick of the 2017 NFL draft. They had more defensive options than expected with quarterback Mitch Trubisky going No. 2, wide receiver Corey Davis No. 5 and wide receiver Mike Williams No. 7. But they passed on Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Ohio State safety Malik Hooker to go with a player that can take the pressure off quarterback Cam Newton to run. McCaffrey will make an immediate impact as a complement back to Jonathan Stewart as a receiver out of the backfield and a slot receiver. He'll also fill a big need as a kick returner.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Solomon Thomas can create inside matchups for the 49ers in both Nickel and Dime packages. Quick off the ball with the power to push the pocket. Versatile player that will align all over the defensive front.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, who went to San Francisco at No. 3, is the highest player drafted from Stanford since the Colts took quarterback Andrew Luck at No. 1 overall in the 2012 draft.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

So if the 49ers take Solomon Thomas at No. 3 the Jaguars will have to choose between Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, and Jonathan Allen.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

If the 49ers can't find a trade partner, LSU safety Jamal Adams and Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas appear to be the most likely options with the second overall pick. The Niners have needs all over the roster but more than anything needs impact players who can serve as the foundation for a rebuild. An AFC scout told me last week that Adams and Thomas are the cleanest prospects in the draft in terms of ability and character.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

30 minutes until the draft begins. Who will the Jaguars take with the fourth pick: DeShaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, Jonathan Allen, Solomon Thomas? Allen and Thomas would fill a need but the Jaguars have done a lot of work on defense the past two years. They need a playmaker on offense. Still sticking with my prediction of Fournette.

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Katie Richcreek ESPN 

Stanford coach David Shaw swings by former player Solomon Thomas' room before the NFL Draft kicks off in Philadelphia. Thomas is one of two likely first-rounders coming off Shaw's team, along with Christian McCaffrey

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Katie Richcreek ESPN 

Projected early first-rounder Solomon Thomas showing off his Rocky Balboa moves. Players at the NFL Draft, which will be held on the "Rocky steps" of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, received these "My Rocky Moment" miniature statues

Katie Richcreek ESPN 

Projected early first-rounder Solomon Thomas showing off his Rocky Balboa moves. Players at the NFL Draft, which will be held on the "Rocky steps" of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, received these "My Rocky Moment" miniature statues

Katie Richcreek ESPN 

Stanford coach David Shaw swings by former player Solomon Thomas' room before the NFL Draft kicks off in Philadelphia. Thomas is one of two likely first-rounders coming off Shaw's team, along with Christian McCaffrey

Brock Huard @BrockESPN

My 'Favorites' in this NFL Draft: Person: Deshaun Watson Player: DeMarcus Walker Pro: Corey Davis Talent: Solomon Thomas Grinder: TJ Watt

Brock Huard @BrockESPN

My 'Favorites' in this NFL Draft: Person: DeShawn Watson Player: DeMarcus Walker Pro: Corey Davis Talent: Solomon Thomas Grinder: TJ Watt

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