LT Andrew Thomas needs to be the player the Giants thought they drafted
There’s no sugar-coating this one – Andrew Thomas needs to be the Left Tackle the Giants (and the whole league) thought they were getting when they selected him off the board with the fourth overall pick in last April’s draft.
At 6’5 320 lbs, Andrew Thomas’ combine performance and impressive highlight tape once excited Giants fans with his ability to topple defenders.
Since draft day, however, Thomas has struggled to start producing despite his experience playing on a pro-style offense at the University of Georgia where he gained a reputation for being a formidable blocker that moved defenders off the line of scrimmage with ease.
Granted, he’s faced some of the premier defenders in the league while lining up against the Pittsburg Steelers, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles’ Rams, and Dallas Cowboys just to name a few. But that comes with the territory.
After all, he was projected to be the most ‘pro-ready’ tackle in the whole draft, hence why he was drafted so high. Now with a new offensive line coach in Dave DeGuglielmo joining the team, the hope should be that Thomas continues to build off of the progress he has seen in the last four weeks since being bench to start Week 6’s at-home matchup against Washington.
His continued development will make all the difference as Joe Judge continues to refine this team into a complete unit.