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Giants #1 pick Andrew Thomas, OL
13 months ago  ::  Apr 23, 2020 - 8:49PM #1
Jon
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Wow,  not Wirfs, not Wills Jr, not Becton.
13 months ago  ::  Apr 23, 2020 - 8:51PM #2
Jon
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Overview

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.




Strengths
  • Ability to play either tackle spot
  • Plays with a fiercely competitive mentality
  • Hurries to get to lateral landmarks in run game
  • Powerful meat hooks for hands
  • Quality gather and redirects for second-level adjustments
  • Twitchy movements to mirror and engage
  • Quick processor snapping twists off without leaving home base
  • Maintains base width regardless of where pass rep takes him
  • Effective catch technique on kick-out blocks and for pass punch
  • Unique talent in re-setting feet mid-rep to improve leverage and positioning
  • Corralls inside moves with strong, sticky right hook to capture foe's frame
  • Above-average recovery talent to redirect with power





Weaknesses
  • Lacks prototypical build and limb thickness
  • Is a little heavy-legged in his second-level climbs
  • Tight hips limit lateral movements and pad-level battles for leverage
  • Top-heavy into initial contact and doesn't get hips unlocked
  • More mauler than mover
  • Needs to improve foot positioning to help steer and secure kick-outs
  • Pass slides are choppy and lack desired smoothness
  • Anchor against speed-to-power has more give than you want
  • Gets caught leaning and over-extending in pass pro



13 months ago  ::  Apr 23, 2020 - 8:52PM #3
Jon
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Andrew Thomas Draft Profile


 


College: Georgia
Class: Jr.
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 320


 


Strong Points


Thomas combines good length, great athleticism and impeccable balance. He’s a pure athlete, consistently walling off speed and often handling counter moves with ease thanks to outstanding flexibility and quick, nimble feet. Playing in UGa’s classic offensive scheme required him to hold blocks for longer than many collegiate linemen have to in spread, quick-game systems. He is powerful through the lower half and difficult to move once he drops anchor, with the heavy hands and vine-like arms to catch and control pass rushers. He has a great feel for handling twists and stunts up front. In the run game, he’s at his best getting out in space — it shows up in the screen game as well.





 


Weak Points


Thomas doesn’t get beat often, but when he does, he tends to get panicky in his recovery, lunging and grabbing. His timing with his hands can get out of whack when dealing with more nuanced pass-rush plans. He doesn’t always play up to his size when run blocking in a phone booth.


 


Summary


It’s the best offensive tackle group that’s come out in a while, and Thomas will have competition for the top spot. But his physical gifts, football IQ and experience in a pro-style scheme against SEC competition make him the top OT prospect in this class.


 


Final Grade: 1st round

13 months ago  ::  Apr 23, 2020 - 9:03PM #4
Jon
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13 months ago  ::  Apr 23, 2020 - 9:08PM #5
Jon
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withthefirstpick.com/2020/04/08/2020-nfl...



The 2020 NFL Draft is filled with great tackle prospects, but Georgia’s Andrew Thomas is the best, despite not being the flashiest.


The NFL is constantly in need of offensive line talent, and the 2020 NFL Draft has it in droves. As many as seven or eight tackles could be taken in the first round, with potentially five going in the top ten picks. Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, and Louisville’s Mekhi Becton are all excellent prospect, but Andrew Thomas of Georgia is the cream of the crop this year, and is one of the best tackle prospects of the past ten years.


He is the best tackle this writer has ever personally evaluated.


Due to historical Combine performances, Becton, Wills, and Wirfs seem to have overtaken Thomas in many tackle rankings and mock drafts. But the three-year starter from Lithonia tested quite well in his own right, and has the best game film of any tackle in the class.


Based on college performance, he is a bona-fide top-five player this year, but is falling down into the late teens in many mocks. Regardless of what the community consensus is on Thomas now, He remains an elite prospect, and should have a long and successful NFL career.


Here is a thorough scouting report on the University of Georgia left tackle and future first round pick.



 Measurables


All measurements and testing results taken from the NFL Combine.


Height – 6’5″


Weight – 315lbs


Arm length – 36 1/8″


Hand size – 10 1/4″


Athletic Testing


Percentile information courtesy of Pro Football Focus.


Each drill result is ranked against all OL who participated in the 2020 Combine.


40-yard dash – 5.22s – T-21 – 65th percentile


Bench press – 21 – T-31 – 32nd percentile


Vertical jump – 30.5″ – T-9 – 80th percentile


Broad jump – 109″ – T-14 – 81st percentile


3-cone – 7.58s – 4 – 82nd percentile


20-yard shuttle – 4.66s – 6 – 73rd percentile


Thomas didn’t show legendary athleticism, but he tested well all-around. In fact, his agility testing (3-cone and shuttle) was actually better than Tristan Wirfs, who made history with 40 and vertical performances, and is touted as a custom-built tackle for a zone scheme. Thomas will have zero issues moving in whatever scheme he’s drafted into. Is he a freak? No, but he meets all the thresholds.


Thomas’s build is prototypical for the position, and he has insanely long arms, second-longest in the class behind only UConn’s Matt Peart. Thomas’s length and athleticism show up on tape; even when his technique fails (which isn’t very often), he has the physical tools to recover.



(More in article)

13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 1:03AM #6
yank0428
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Fell better about the pick now then at first. Good scouting reports. Should be interesting to see who is better Thomas or Becton

13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 2:12AM #7
Jon
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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




Everyone says Thomas is the smartest OT in the draft, and also a great person to boot.

13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 12:09PM #8
yank0428
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Apr 24, 2020 -- 2:12AM, Jon 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




Everyone says Thomas is the smartest OT in the draft, and also a great person to boot.




Yea heard he was the most ready to start also.ESPN experts knocked it but other reports on him are good so I feel better.I was hoping for Simmons. Went on some Giant messaage board sites and they are never happy and they mostly liked the pick. They have to protect Jones and open some holes for Barkley or they were wasted picks. See what they do tonight because their defense was terrible last year

13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 12:31PM #9
Jon
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Apr 24, 2020 -- 12:09PM, yank0428 wrote:


Apr 24, 2020 -- 2:12AM, Jon 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




Everyone says Thomas is the smartest OT in the draft, and also a great person to boot.




Yea heard he was the most ready to start also.ESPN experts knocked it but other reports on him are good so I feel better.I was hoping for Simmons. Went on some Giant messaage board sites and they are never happy and they mostly liked the pick. They have to protect Jones and open some holes for Barkley or they were wasted picks. See what they do tonight because their defense was terrible last year




The ESPN "experts" are idiots. One of them is Mark Williamson, who couldn't hold a job as a Cleveland Browns scout. He once said Josh Freeman was miles better than Eli Manning. (Guess who flopped and ended up being Eli's 2nd backup?)


According to sources, Thomas was #1 on most GMs boards, and Wirfs was drafted #4 of the OL.

Bleacher Report is predicting Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State to be the Giants 2nd round (4th, 36th overall) pick.


SI says that Gross-Matos will be picked by Cincy before the Giants can get him, and the Giants will get Zack Baun, LB from Wisconsin instead.


Sporting News says it'll be Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama.


NFL.com says Marlon Davidson from Auburn... but not sure why the Giants would draft a DL.

13 months ago  ::  Apr 24, 2020 - 1:48PM #10
yank0428
Posts: 18,446

Apr 24, 2020 -- 12:31PM, Jon wrote:


Apr 24, 2020 -- 12:09PM, yank0428 wrote:


Apr 24, 2020 -- 2:12AM, Jon 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




Everyone says Thomas is the smartest OT in the draft, and also a great person to boot.




Yea heard he was the most ready to start also.ESPN experts knocked it but other reports on him are good so I feel better.I was hoping for Simmons. Went on some Giant messaage board sites and they are never happy and they mostly liked the pick. They have to protect Jones and open some holes for Barkley or they were wasted picks. See what they do tonight because their defense was terrible last year




The ESPN "experts" are idiots. One of them is Mark Williamson, who couldn't hold a job as a Cleveland Browns scout. He once said Josh Freeman was miles better than Eli Manning. (Guess who flopped and ended up being Eli's 2nd backup?)


According to sources, Thomas was #1 on most GMs boards, and Wirfs was drafted #4 of the OL.

Bleacher Report is predicting Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State to be the Giants 2nd round (4th, 36th overall) pick.


SI says that Gross-Matos will be picked by Cincy before the Giants can get him, and the Giants will get Zack Baun, LB from Wisconsin instead.


Sporting News says it'll be Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama.


NFL.com says Marlon Davidson from Auburn... but not sure why the Giants would draft a DL.




Well the middle is good but you never can have enough good edge rushers and CBs. I hope that LB I think from Wisconsin who was drafted last year is healthy. He looked good before he got hurt.

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