With the 4th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants chose OL Andrew Thomas from Georgia. Whilst it was a surprise with Jedrick Wills Jr. and Tristan Wirfs on the board, it was not a reach. Thomas is a tackle who has a high floor but a low ceiling. He’ll slide right in at left tackle for New York and serve as a mobile, strong run blocker. Let’s dive into it!
Career at Georgia
Thomas came into Athens as a five-star prospect and Top 50 recruit. He quickly made an impact and moved to left tackle in his sophomore season, earning second-team AP All-American and first-team All-SEC honors for his play in 13 starts. Thomas has offered health and consistency to Georgia, missing just 1 game in 2018 to an ankle injury and sitting out a bowl game in 2020 to prep for the draft as a junior. He started 13 games at left tackle and was awarded first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team all-conference accolades in 2019.
Fitting in Blue
In 2019, although Kevin Zeitler was among the league’s best on the interior, the same can not be said for veteran Mike Remmers and former Patriot Nate Solder on the outside. They combined for the most pressures allowed last year with 97. That brings us to Andrew Thomas, who possesses good size at 6’4 320 lbs. It allows him to act as a solid anchor in both run and pass protection. Thomas is also very agile with springy footwork on the line. On the other hand, he lacks proficiency in pull blocking. However, it’s okay because the Giants will run a lot of gap blocking, with some zone with new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. In all, Andrew Thomas is quick and powerful enough to lead block for dynamic runner Saquon Barkley in the open field as well as stand in for quarterback Daniel Jones in the trenches.
It will be very exciting to see what the Giants add on Days 2 & 3! What do you think of the pick?
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