Left Tackle- Andrew Thomas
According to Pro Football Focus, Andrew Thomas was the best offensive tackle in the 2020 draft. He immediately becomes the best tackle on the NY Giants, and he should be entrusted to protect Daniel Jones’ blindside. His ability to stay in front of elite pass rushers should help the fumbling issues Jones had in 2019.
Thomas was also considered the safest tackle prospect in the draft. He is very fundamentally sound and moves his feet well laterally. Ereck Flowers, a huge bust for the G-Men at #9 overall in 2015, had issues at the University of Miami with his footwork. Flowers ability to move his feet side to side never improved for the Giants, and he was always better suited playing guard.
Andrew Thomas will not have the same problems. Going up against elite pass rushers in the SEC, Thomas’ ability to mirror speedy edge rushers was very impressive.
Another aspect of Thomas’ game that makes him great is his run blocking. Even though run blocking isn’t as important as pass blocking for a left tackle, it hurts the team to have a liability in the run game. Thomas’ win rate in run block situations was second-best in the entire draft behind Matt Hennessy.
Thomas should help open up holes for Saquon Barkley the same way he did for D’Andre Swift, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel at Georgia. His long arms and athleticism allow him to make difficult blocks look easy at the second level.
He also has powerful meat hooks for hands and plays with a fiercely competitive mentality that teams want in their hog mollies. Thomas will be the kind of tone-setter that Dave Gettleman was looking for.