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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Javon Solomon

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of Troy University Athletics.


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Today’s Spotlight - Troy, Edge Rush, Javon Solomon

Name - Javon Solomon

Pos - Edge

Team - Troy

HT/WT - 6’2” 250 lbs.

Born- 1/17/2001

Home - Tallahassee, FL


Javon Solomon helped lead Godby High School to a combined 21-3 record and a pair of Florida 5A playoff appearances as a junior and a senior. He earned All-Big Bend honors after recording 73 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a senior. He received several scholarship offers, but eventually, he committed to Troy University.


As a freshman in 2019, Solomon redshirted after only playing sparingly in 3 games for the Trojans. Despite splitting snaps in 2020, Solomon finished 10th in the Sun Belt Conference with 25 total pressures. He was named to the All-Sun Belt Team as an honorable mention after collecting 29 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. 


Javon Solomon turned in one of the best seasons in 2021 for Troy University. He started 12 games and finished with 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 1 interception. He became just the 3rd FBS player since at least 2000 to record 12 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and 1 interception in the first 6 games of the season. He was named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference for his stellar play.


In 2022, Solomon took a slight step back in production, even though he was still named 3rd Team All-Sun Belt. He started 14 games and amassed 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. 


Javon Solomon put it all together in 2023 and was one of the most dominant edge rushers in the country. He was named First Team All-Sun Belt after setting career highs in every category. In 14 starts, he finished with 56 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss and 16 sacks for the Trojans. After the season, he decided to enter the NFL Draft.


Javon Solomon is an athletic edge rusher who can explode off the snap. He is a dangerous pass rusher and has a unique combination of acceleration, strength, balance and leverage. When rushing around the edge, he has exceptional bend and flexibility and uses his hips and ankles well in unison to become a problem. When pass rushing, he is hard for the slower offensive linemen to deal with. 


He has a non-stop motor. He is athletic enough to run down the ball carrier all over the field and has the proper mechanics when breaking down to tackle. At Troy, he took over games with his pass rush and play making ability. He stunts well inside on blocks and is always causing disruption in the backfield.


On the downside, Solomon is undersized when it comes to the NFL and may project as a designated pass rusher who only plays in certain sets. Many scouts will be cautious of the stats he put up in the Sun Belt Conference and have different theories on how that will play out in the NFL. Though he is more than capable with his moves and strength at the college level, it will be interesting to see how he performs strength wise against the bigger and faster NFL offensive tackles. He often sells out on the quarterback and can be beat with misdirections and/or draw plays. His aggressiveness can play against him at times, and he will need to show more control with his pursuits and play. 


Watching film on Javon Solomon, Draft Nation drew the comparison to Malcolm Koonce. Koonce was a 3rd round pick out of Buffalo in 2021. They are almost a spitting image of one another and bring the same tenacity and aggressiveness. Koonce did not do much in his first 2 seasons with Las Vegas, but in 2023, he finished with 8 sacks and 43 tackles. Solomon accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl and Draft Nation is excited to see how he performs against the competition. 


Strengths


  • Strength

  • Explosive off snap

  • Tackling

  • Non-stop motor


Weaknesses


  • Competition

  • Size

  • Aggressiveness

  • Misdirections


Final Analysis


Javon Solomon is a unique prospect in terms of figuring out how you think he will transition from the Sun Belt to the NFL. He has the athletic ability and explosion off the snap to be a weapon on passing downs. He is a prospect who needs to take advantage of the Senior Bowl and the combine.


Draft 412 Draft Prediction -4th or 5th round

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