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The 6-5, 315 pound junior out of Athens has been the leader of an offensive line that’s regularly been near the top of the list for college football’s Joe Moore Award. He was a Freshman All-American, progressed to a Second Team All-American, then in 2019 was First Team All-American.
At UGA, Thomas played both tackle positions – valuable experience at a position where injuries are common. Thomas plays with a scary mean streak, mauling defensive linemen. His powerful hands allow him to stay on blocks for extended periods of time. He moves with a balanced foundation that allows him to mirror blitzing defenders exceptionally well, and recover well when his block breaks down.
While run blocking, he’s on the slow side in getting to second level assignments. When he engages a block he doesn’t move defenders as much as he punishes them, which can sometimes initiate a traffic jam for his running back. In pass protection, he isn’t very fluid in his slides which cause him to be caught over-extending and leaning.
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What the Experts Say
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. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
The Giants drafting Andrew Thomas sends a message to Daniel Jones that their priority in 2020 is protecting him, and keeping him upright on their pursuit of a division championship. Thomas is an immediate starter, especially on this team who needs offensive line help at the tackle position desperately. Thomas will excel quickly and will be a fan favorite for years to come, making holes for Saquon Barkley.