Andrew Thomas ranks atop PFF's list of highest-graded OTs in 2020 draft
With the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Giants selected Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, who enjoyed a stellar three-year career with the Bulldogs. He started all 15 games at right tackle as a true freshman, earning a selection as a Freshman All-American. In his sophomore campaign, Thomas started 13 games at left tackle and was named First-Team All-SEC and First-Team All-American. As a junior, he again started 13 games at left tackle and earned several accolades, including First-Team All-SEC, Unanimous All-American and the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, awarded to the conference's top blocker.
On top of the accolades he earned from the media and SEC coaches, Thomas has also garnered praise from Pro Football Focus.
Six offensive tackles were selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Among them, Thomas earned the highest career pass-blocking grade from PFF with an 85.4, according to the analytics site. Right behind him was his Georgia teammate and now Tennessee Titan Isaiah Wilson (82.7) and Jedrick Wills Jr. (82.4) of the Cleveland Browns.
Darnay Holmes looks to separate himself in the NFL
The Giants selected UCLA corner Darnay Holmes in the fourth round (110th overall) of this year's draft, adding him to a deep group of young corners on the roster.
Holmes had an impressive three-year career with the Bruins. As a freshman, he started 11 of 13 games and led the team with three interceptions, including returned for a touchdown. Holmes started all 12 games the following season and again paced the team with three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He added 48 tackles (36 solo), one tackle for a loss, six passes defended and one fumble return.
As a junior last year, Holmes led UCLA in interceptions for the third consecutive season, picking off two passes in 10 starts. He was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2018-19.
Holmes is aware of the jump in talent from college to the pros. However, the rookie corner is confident that he is taking the proper steps to prepare himself for the challenges of the NFL.
"I'm pretty much sharpening my mind," Holmes said. "At the end of the day, everyone is at the same skill set. Everybody is on the same playing field. Now it's like, 'How am I going to separate myself?' I'm constantly placing people in my corner who have been in this realm, constantly educating myself about myself, educating myself about this game. So, once I step foot on that turf or on that grass, I'm ready to rock and I have that unwavering faith and belief in myself."
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