New York Giants general manager, Dave Gettleman surprises a lot of New York Giant fans tonight with his fourth overall selection in the NFL Draft. The Giants selected offensive tackle, Andrew Thomas from the University of Georgia. Thomas was widely believed to be the most pro-ready left tackle in the draft.
The tackle is 6-5, 320 pounds and is known for his long arms. Thomas is expected to easily carry his talent from college over to the NFL. He made an immediate impact at Georgia collecting Freshman All-American honors after starting all 15 games at right tackle. Thomas transitioned into a left tackle during his sophomore season where he continued his dominance. Thomas earned second-team AP All-American and first-team All-SEC honors. In 2019, he started 13 games at left tackle and was awarded first-team AP All-American and first-team All-Conference accolades. The Giants are getting a quality pass prospector and combats speed rushes.
It was clear that the New York Giants needed to assess the lack of production coming from the offensive line. The Giants selected Thomas rather than the offensive tackles Jedrick Wills of Alabama, Mekhi Becton of Louisville, Tristan Wirfs of Iowa.
So where does the Thomas fit on the Giants? Gettleman made it a priority to select an offensive lineman in this draft. So, as one of the Giants’ starting tackles. The question will be whether that will be on the left or right side. Thomas can play both ends of the offensive line but primarily played on the left. Veteran left tackle, Nate Solder has not played on the right side since his rookie season in 2011. We will see this season the impact that Andrew Thomas brings to Joe Judge’s Big Blue.