The New York Giants have the fourth overall in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Could they use that pick to select University of Georgia's offensive tackle Andrew Thomas?
The New York Giants are in need of some offensive line help, and with the 2020 NFL Draft just around the corner, there are rumors going around that the Giants may have zeroed in on their guy.
Pat Leonard of The New York Daily News is reporting that the Giants really like the University of Georgia’s offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. That doesn’t mean that the Giants aren’t doing their homework on other lineman available. Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Louisville’s Mekhi Bacton, and Alabama’s Jedrick Willis Jr, are all currently ranked higher on some analysts Draft boards.
The Giants have the fourth overall pick in this year's Draft , and it’s expected that they will be selecting an offensive lineman in a priority for the Giants front office to try and protect second year quarterback Daniel Jones. Some people believe that Thomas’s draft stock has fallen because of a less than impressive showing at this year’s Combine. There are still some people who believe Thomas in the best tackle in this years draft class
“Andrew Thomas is the best all-around tackle. The best pass protector. One of the best run blockers. The cleanest pick for the Giants at four if they’re gonna go tackle. He’s played on the left side, on the right side. He’ll fit in right away at right tackle for the Giants.” - Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus
The Giants went 4-12 last season to secure the fourth overall pick, but they have the pieces in place to be a competitive team in the NFC East.
Thomas believes that he's the best tackle in the 2020 draft class, and he let the media know it at this year’s combine.
“I think I’m all around the best, I can run block, I can pass block, I’m coachable, I’m a technician. That’s what makes me the best.”
“I think I’m a mix of Tyrann Smith and Trent Williams,” he said. “Trent Williams because of his athleticism and Tyrann Smith because of how consistent his set is no matter who he’s playing.”
“I think in the run game I’m very physical at the point of attack and I have good leverage and in the pass game I have athletic feet and length,”
“In the SEC you don’t have any days off. “Every week you’re playing against the best pass rusher they have. Obviously it’s not the NFL, but it’s a stepping stone to go to the next level. Playing in the SEC every week you’ve got to be ready, the competition is ridiculous. Everybody is talented.”