Offensive tackle is the main position being mocked to the Giants with their number four overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft and one of the top players at the position is Andrew Thomas, out of Georgia. Thomas is right up there with other players who have been mocked to the Giants as well as Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Wills, from Louisville and Alabama respectively. It seems the Giants’ interest is more than speculation, however.
According to SNY, Thomas made the revelation recently that he was set to meet with the Giants on Thursday – and Thomas had already met with the Jets, who may also be interested. It looks like Thomas has a legitimate chance of getting drafted by a New York team one way or the other, which is a possibility he spoke about.
“That would be crazy. You guys know I signed with Roc Nation so I’ve been up there a couple times and New York’s a nice city,” Thomas said about the prospect of being picked by the Jets or Giants.
Thomas, 21, could see immediate action if he is indeed picked by the Giants, likely in a competition against the slacking Nate Solder. Solder is widely regarded as having the worst contract on the team and could change positions altogether this season, leaving an open spot on the offensive line at the left tackle position – which the Giants will need to fill well if they want to keep Daniel Jones safe during what’s almost certainly his first season as the full time starter.
Here’s some of what the Draft Network has to say about Thomas’ pass blocking game:
Love how he brings the fight in pass protection. Has exciting moments of framing blocks, leveraging his hips and keeping rushers at the end of his reach. There are times with twitchier rushers where he can give up a step and he gets top heavy when recovering, leaving his feet behind. Has some erratic moments reaching his set points, particularly on vertical sets and he fails to get enough depth. Has some room for growth but his peaks are outstanding and he has the physical gifts to improve.
We don’t know yet what the Giants have learned about the prospect from his visit with them but if the team is impressed, we might just see them taking Thomas at number four overall rather than dealing the pick down to a team looking to move up for a quarterback – perhaps the most likely scenario if they don’t take a tackle.
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