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Giants #1 pick Andrew Thomas, OL
13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 3:42PM #11
Jon
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From Monday:


www.si.com/nfl/giants/draft/is-andrew-th...


Is Andrew Thomas the Best Offensive Tackle in the NFL Draft?



Patricia Traina







Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas has been mentioned as part of the "Big 4" offensive tackle class expected to be selected in the first round of the draft. 


However, lately, it seems as though his name has been something of an afterthought by some--and a guy who seldom seems to be linked to the Giants in the first round.


But would it make the most sense for the Giants to draft Thomas, a pure left tackle, in the first round if he's sitting there when they go on the clock?


In more ways than one, yes, as I explained in my final Giants-only seven-round mock draft.


In Thomas, they'd be getting a player who is a pure left tackle, which means they wouldn't have to start him on the right side as a rookie and then eventually set back his development by flipping him to the left side where the landmarks and the footwork are much different.


Talent-wise, the answer to the question regarding whether Thomas is the "best" offensive tackle in the draft is har to answer. There isn't that much separating the Big 4--Thomas, Tristan Wirfs of Iowa, Mekhi Becton of Louisville, and Jedrick Wills of Alabama being the others.


Rather, the question that needs to be asked is if Thomas is the "right" offensive tackle for the Giants' specific needs.


The answer is yes.Given the uncertainty regarding minicamps, OTAs and training camps, if there is to be a season this year, teams can't afford to spend time training players for position switches this year or the future.


With the Giants desperately needing to hit the ground running, Thomas would represent the safest of the top offensive tackle prospects because he has "live" experience at the position. It would make more sense to shift Nate Solder, whose better days at left tackle appear to be behind him, to the right side.

13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 6:58PM #12
yank0428
Posts: 18,446

Apr 24, 2020 -- 3:42PM, Jon wrote:


From Monday:


www.si.com/nfl/giants/draft/is-andrew-th...


Is Andrew Thomas the Best Offensive Tackle in the NFL Draft?



Patricia Traina







Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas has been mentioned as part of the "Big 4" offensive tackle class expected to be selected in the first round of the draft. 


However, lately, it seems as though his name has been something of an afterthought by some--and a guy who seldom seems to be linked to the Giants in the first round.


But would it make the most sense for the Giants to draft Thomas, a pure left tackle, in the first round if he's sitting there when they go on the clock?


In more ways than one, yes, as I explained in my final Giants-only seven-round mock draft.


In Thomas, they'd be getting a player who is a pure left tackle, which means they wouldn't have to start him on the right side as a rookie and then eventually set back his development by flipping him to the left side where the landmarks and the footwork are much different.


Talent-wise, the answer to the question regarding whether Thomas is the "best" offensive tackle in the draft is har to answer. There isn't that much separating the Big 4--Thomas, Tristan Wirfs of Iowa, Mekhi Becton of Louisville, and Jedrick Wills of Alabama being the others.


Rather, the question that needs to be asked is if Thomas is the "right" offensive tackle for the Giants' specific needs.


The answer is yes.Given the uncertainty regarding minicamps, OTAs and training camps, if there is to be a season this year, teams can't afford to spend time training players for position switches this year or the future.


With the Giants desperately needing to hit the ground running, Thomas would represent the safest of the top offensive tackle prospects because he has "live" experience at the position. It would make more sense to shift Nate Solder, whose better days at left tackle appear to be behind him, to the right side.




Heard he has the longest arms to which now we know is an important assest.

13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 7:25PM #13
Jon
Posts: 3,025

Apr 24, 2020 -- 6:58PM, yank0428 wrote:


Apr 24, 2020 -- 3:42PM, Jon wrote:


From Monday:


www.si.com/nfl/giants/draft/is-andrew-th...


Is Andrew Thomas the Best Offensive Tackle in the NFL Draft?



Patricia Traina







Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas has been mentioned as part of the "Big 4" offensive tackle class expected to be selected in the first round of the draft. 


However, lately, it seems as though his name has been something of an afterthought by some--and a guy who seldom seems to be linked to the Giants in the first round.


But would it make the most sense for the Giants to draft Thomas, a pure left tackle, in the first round if he's sitting there when they go on the clock?


In more ways than one, yes, as I explained in my final Giants-only seven-round mock draft.


In Thomas, they'd be getting a player who is a pure left tackle, which means they wouldn't have to start him on the right side as a rookie and then eventually set back his development by flipping him to the left side where the landmarks and the footwork are much different.


Talent-wise, the answer to the question regarding whether Thomas is the "best" offensive tackle in the draft is har to answer. There isn't that much separating the Big 4--Thomas, Tristan Wirfs of Iowa, Mekhi Becton of Louisville, and Jedrick Wills of Alabama being the others.


Rather, the question that needs to be asked is if Thomas is the "right" offensive tackle for the Giants' specific needs.


The answer is yes.Given the uncertainty regarding minicamps, OTAs and training camps, if there is to be a season this year, teams can't afford to spend time training players for position switches this year or the future.


With the Giants desperately needing to hit the ground running, Thomas would represent the safest of the top offensive tackle prospects because he has "live" experience at the position. It would make more sense to shift Nate Solder, whose better days at left tackle appear to be behind him, to the right side.




Heard he has the longest arms to which now we know is an important assest.




He's supposed to be smart and a quick learner, which is the biggest thing for an OL.

12 months ago  ::  Apr 28, 2020 - 5:53PM #14
Jon
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www.nj.com/giants/2020/04/the-inside-sto...


If the Giants believed Thomas would still be there after moving down, it might have been a mistake: The Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers had Thomas as the top tackle on their draft boards, according to several NFL scouts and executives.


12 months ago  ::  Apr 28, 2020 - 11:16PM #15
manbot
Posts: 1,193

Apr 24, 2020 -- 1:03AM, yank0428 wrote:


Fell better about the pick now then at first. Good scouting reports. Should be interesting to see who is better Thomas or Becton




Becton should not be in the conversation ... He is the biggest and yes ran a fast 40 for his size but he is and was only the 4th or 5th T best prospect behind 

  • Thomas
  • Wills
  • Wirf 
  • Jones 

 

12 months ago  ::  Apr 28, 2020 - 11:23PM #16
Jon
Posts: 3,025

Apr 28, 2020 -- 11:16PM, manbot wrote:


Apr 24, 2020 -- 1:03AM, yank0428 wrote:


Fell better about the pick now then at first. Good scouting reports. Should be interesting to see who is better Thomas or Becton




Becton should not be in the conversation ... He is the biggest andyes ran a fast 40 for his size but he is and was only the 4th or 5th T best prospect behind 

  • Thomas
  • Wills
  • Wirf 
  • Jones 

 




Well, he's the Jets' #1 pick, so...

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