Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
Height / Weight: 6'5" / 315 lbs
Accolades: Freshman All-American (2017), 2x First-Team All-SEC (2018, 2019), First-Team All-American (2018), Unanimous All-American (2019), Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2019)
The Giants selected Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Thomas started 15 games at right tackle as a true freshman in 2017 before moving over to left tackle the last two seasons. Thomas started 13 games in both 2018 and 2019, and missed just one game in his three seasons as a Bulldog. Check out these pro comparisons for Thomas from NFL experts.
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein: Ja'Wuan James -- "Three-year starter and current bellcow of a line that is a consistent front-runner for the Joe Moore Award. He's played both tackle spots but may get first crack at playing on the left side, due to the dearth of talent there. Thomas is a gritty player with above-average recovery talent to "get the job done" when his process breaks down. He's a Day 1 starter who comes in well-coached and technically savvy, but occasional leaning, lunging and inconsistent knee bend in pass pro could be isolated and attacked by pass-rush wolves looking to feast if he doesn't get those areas cleaned up."
Pro Football Focus: Branden Albert -- "While you don't need to have elite strength to be an elite pass protector in the NFL, one thing is for certain: it helps. Being able to stop opposing edge rushers in their tracks with one punch can make up for a lot of technical issues. Thomas not only has that level of strength, but he also shows terrific agility and down to down consistency in his technique. He's got the best career grading profile of any tackle in the draft class and has done it against the best competition of any tackle in the class as well. All that makes you feel good about his prospects in the NFL."
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The Ringer's Danny Kelly: Russell Okung -- "Thomas boasts a massive, well-proportioned frame with very long arms. The Georgia team captain and Outland Trophy semifinalist plays with a balanced base, consistently keeping his knees bent and feet moving in pass protection, and has a smooth kickstep to gain depth at the snap. Thanks to his length and quickness, it takes edge rushers forever to run around him. Thomas brings versatility and experience on both sides of the line; he started 15 games at right tackle as a true freshman, then made the move to the left side, where he started 26 games in the past two seasons combined. He's been incredibly consistent at both spots, allowing just 37 pressures in three years per PFF, with just nine pressures surrendered in 2019."
The Draft Network's Benjamin Solak: Cam Robinson -- "Andrew Thomas is an elite college tackle who projects as much the same in the NFL level, as long as he's used appropriately. Thomas is far from a dancing bear and shouldn't be asked to take outside zone paths as a primary responsibility, but as a people-mover in the running game, he has as devastating and exciting a profile as recent memory affords. Thomas is a quality pass protector who handles speed rushers with aplomb and control, and further experience and coaching in the league will help him maximize his length and recruit more aggressive sets to protect him from surrendering a two-way go on an island. For teams that let him play ugly, nasty, and downhill, Thomas is a Year 1 starter with a Pro Bowl ceiling."
The Draft Network's Joe Marino: Ronnie Stanley -- "A three-year starter at left tackle for Georgia, Thomas enters the NFL experienced in a pro scheme and executing against the best opponents college football has to offer. As a run blocker, Thomas is outstanding and profiles as an immediate impact blocker in that regard."