LT: Andrew Thomas
This won’t come as much of a surprise, as I just wrote a piece on the seriousness of Andrew Thomas needing to play left tackle from day one.
It’s shocking to me that so many (not a huge amount, but just any amount is shocking) in the NY Giants fan community – and the media – think that Thomas should spend the year developing at right tackle while letting one of the worst left tackles in the league stay at that spot — especially with what was invested in Thomas this spring.
Yes, Andrew Thomas did play right tackle during his freshman year at Georgia, but he put together two All-American selections after moving to left tackle and anyone who thinks Big Blue drafted him at #4 to be anything but the left tackle of the future is kidding themselves.
Being the left tackle of the future means playing through your early struggles when the team is in rebuilding mode; AKA now. Should Thomas struggle with the left tackle position early on, wouldn’t it be better for those struggles to come in a year when not much is expected of the team?
There are no guarantees that any serious struggles will come for this rock-solid tackle, anyway, and there is no point in having a player who has struggled mightily for two years and has no future with the team past this year take up his spot (you know who I’m talking about).