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6 reasons why Giants chose Andrew Thomas

The Giants selected Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Following the pick, General Manager Dave Gettleman and Head Coach Joe Judge spoke to reporters on a conference call about the decision to select Thomas.

Here are some takeaways from the call.

On wanting to fix the offensive line

Dave Gettleman: "We spent a lot of time on this and we want to fix this offensive line once and for all... We spent a lot of time with him off the field as well, numerous conversations. We spoke to him in Indianapolis and we just feel he is ready to make this jump. He's young, like all these guys are. We feel very strongly that he is ready and capable."

Joe Judge: "This was a very talented draft class, especially on the offensive line. This is definitely one that we think is going to give us a chance to come in and improve us overall. He has a skillset that gives him a chance to come in and compete early on. We are anxious to get to work with him, get our hands on him and get going. He has the right demeanor, the right makeup."

On the physical attributes Thomas brings to the o-line

Dave Gettleman: "He's big, he's long, he's strong, he can bend. He can anchor in pass (protection). He's very athletic in the open field, we are just really excited to have him, and continue to build this team properly."

Joe Judge: "I'll tell you what, his skillset favors his opportunity to come in and contribute. He's long, he's a good athlete, he has good short area redirect."

Dave Gettleman: "The length that he has is really a defining feature that he has physically. You turn around and you see the guys that don't have as much length, shorter arms, shorter people, and the defensive ends with long arms get them."

On how Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and the Giants offense will benefit from Thomas' presence

Dave Gettleman: "I have always gotten a chuckle out of people who say you draft a quarterback and you have to get him weapons. No, you don't draft a quarterback and then get weapons. Once you draft a quarterback, you get guys in front of him that will keep him upright. So, this was an important piece for us in Daniel's development and for Saquon, as well. Don't forget the running part of it, and he is a hell of a run blocker."

Joe Judge: "I think this is going to be a tremendous move right now to help Daniel (Jones) play more confident back there, not that he needs that, but he can sit back and be protected and we've got to go ahead and be more stiff. I talk all of the time, you have to run the ball, you have to stop the run, you have to cover kicks, so we've got to add to our run blocking as well to give ourselves a chance to get going on the ground."

On Thomas' experience playing in the SEC

Dave Gettleman: "Andrew certainly has a hell of a pedigree, a three-year starter in the Southeast Conference. He's played against some real quality defensive ends during his college career. He has played big-time ball in front of a lot of people."

Joe Judge: "One thing that sticks out about him is when you watch the top pass rushers, with the exception of maybe a couple in this draft, they have to go against him. You watch his college tape and he is going against all the guys that you are going to see get drafted in the next couple of days. He does a heck of job on them, you see him compete, you see him play big in big games and that's important."

Dave Gettleman: "One of the things that kind of helped the process along is the other day I took a look at his 2018 game when they played Kentucky and he played Josh Allen, and you guys know I've got a lot of love for Josh Allen and how talented he is. That really, that was big. As Joe said, he's played against a lot of legitimate pass rushers and he's done well."

On Thomas' ability to compete to play both right and left tackle

Joe Judge: "The good thing about both of our tackles, really all of our tackles, they played on both sides. If you look across the board, everyone on our depth chart right now has played on the right and the left. Everyone is going to come in on Day One and compete and as they shake out, whether that demonstrates being a starter at whatever position, that's where they'll fall."

Joe Judge: "We made a decision that we're going to let training camp figure that out. We're not going to have a pre-conceived notion right now of trying to plug someone in. We have a lot of talented guys, they have to compete. This is not a finish line. This is a starting point. He needs to come in, he has to earn it every day, he has to work like every player we had this week in will. But everyone will get the chance to compete, and training camp will really sort out how they fall."

Joe Judge: "He will compete on both sides, that's correct. As will all of our tackles. They've all got versatility on both sides."

On what SEC contacts had to say about Thomas

Joe Judge: "I've talked on the front end about a lot guys, the whole process of this. Not being able to be on campuses, not having the luxury of pro days or 30 visits coming to our facility. You had to rely on your contacts, and this is someone that a lot of people I am close with had worked directly with. There was a lot of good knowledge that could sign off on and know what we were bringing in to add to our team. This is definitely a guy we are excited about getting in and getting a chance to work with and giving him a chance to compete with the rest of our guys."

Joe Judge: "Well, the tape gives you the initial impression of what you're looking for and then what you use all of the information when you talk to the coaches is really to fill in any gaps you may not know about personality, work ethic, how they respond to hard coaching, and then also to really confirm what you've seen on the tape as well. Listen, the one thing is I have very good contacts at all of these places with all the top guys. I have a good enough relationship where they're not trying to sell me a product, they know if the guy is good enough, he's going to get paid to play somewhere and they are very directly honest with me. I don't get just the good on guys. They give me, 'hey, these are the things he's gonna have to work on, these are the things you have to know about how he responds personality wise', and that's all very important. I would say this, overall, we exhausted the process on all of the top prospects at different positions, but you look at those offensive linemen, which definitely came into consideration with this pick, all of them have got great traits, they were coached very well, they are going to be tremendous pros, I have nothing but great things to say about all of them. But we're doing what's best for the Giants and we feel this move is best for the New York Giants right now."

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