We now move to the offensive tackles. Our first prospect is Andrew Thomas of Georgia. He is a lot of fun to watch and should hopefully hear his name called early in the 2020 NFL Draft in April.
Andrew Thomas is a machine at his position and has the potential to be a franchise tackle for many NFL teams. At 6’5 320 lbs., Thomas is like a brick wall that is tough to get past. He excels at almost every trait that he possesses. He has exceptional footwork and is a guy that you will never see take plays off.
Thomas has elite pass-blocking skills and his 196 cm. arm length helps a lot with that. He does a great job at adjusting and shifting to other defenders around him. Playing in the SEC, Thomas has went up against quick edge rushers and has certainly held his own ground against them.
Andrew Thomas is also explosive in the run-game, as he does a great job getting that initial jab step and using his quick feet to push defenders down the field. He is very good at staying on his feet, as some linemen tend to lose balance and fall to the ground early. Andrew Thomas does the opposite of that, as he keeps a steady pace throughout the play and is quick with his feet.
Watching Andrew Thomas on film makes me excited for his offensive lineman group for this year’s draft. Really. It does. Thomas is a massive athlete that has the ability to compete at a high level for a long, long time. At 6’5”, 320 Ibs., Thomas is big for an offensive lineman. Not a bad thing, either. He is stout in his run blocking ability and can thrive in pass blocking at times.
Andrew Thomas is by far the best tackle in the class. Thomas has every trait you want in a franchise left tackle. First is he has the size. He stands 6’5 320lbs. Thomas also has long arms at 36.5 inches.
Next is his work in the run game. Thomas does well to push defensive linemen around. He can move bodies and clear gaps for the running back. He’s strong and typically wins when he makes first contact with his man.
Finally, Thomas can protect your quarterbacks’ blindside. He has good foot speed to prevent quicker pass rushers from getting around him. He also uses his long arms to keep pass rushers away.
Physically Thomas has all the tools needed to be a franchise left tackle, arguably the most important position in football. He’s 6’5, 325 lbs. and he started almost every game he played in, at Georgia. After Isaiah Wynn left in 2018, he was relied on heavily, and was a huge factor for Georgia’s successful run-game with D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield.
Technique wise he’s a very mobile brick wall. He is hard to get past by contact, and has tremendous feet to make it hard for quick edge rushers to get an advantage. As a pass-blocker he doesn’t lose his ground and as a run-blocker his quickness, size, and power make him ideal. His experience at Georgia and the SEC has also made him ready for power-running and the pro-style offense.
Besides the quarterback, the left tackle is the most important position in the NFL. Andrew Thomas has all the tools to be the next great left tackle for an NFL franchise. He has all the attributes you look for in an offensive lineman. Size, strength, mobility, and most importantly, availability.
Thomas might be the most pro-ready of any OL prospect in this draft. Being in the SEC, Thomas has faced some of the best talent in the country. That should help when making the jump to the NFL. Also, the pro scheme at Georgia will help in his transition into an NFL offense.
Andrew Thomas does a great job pass-blocking, but if you watch him play, he blocks near the shoulder pads. This is something that can be easily fixed, as he will need to make that adjustment to stay lower with his defenders, otherwise he will have a tough time. However, I do not see this affecting his draft stock really. Andrew Thomas does not really have any major issues. He has all the attributes that today’s NFL scouts look for.
His size may be a disadvantage in pulling (he is a tackle, so he will hardly ever do this) but blocking in space for Thomas can be a problem. His size may be a factor when looking at this. He might be the most talented tackle in this draft, but match him up against an elusive Khalil Mack and you might have a problem.
Andrew Thomas could use better leverage. He has a tendency to go high on his man. This can cause him to lose leverage and not bully his man like he typically does. However, Thomas is pretty much a polished prospect.
Thomas has no major weaknesses I can find or that would affect his stock as a top-prospect. He is a better pass-blocker than a run-blocker so he could polish his run-blocking skills to equal his pass-blocking ability. Nevertheless, that is an extremely minor nit-pick I have on Thomas.
Thomas has run into trouble with body control, specifically his footwork. His footwork in pass protection can be sketchy at times. However, this is something that can be fixed at the next level. He can also use some work on getting better leverage. His tendency is to block high on his opponent.
Draft Projection: Where will the star Georgia offensive tackle land in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Andrew Thomas is one of the best prospects in this draft and has the potential to be a top 5 pick. However, it is possible that he could fall into the top 10 based on the teams picking and the Browns would be a great fit for him, as they traded away Kevin Zietler, their best offensive lineman before last season. Thomas is a day one starter and will not disappoint wherever he lands.
There is no doubt, especially in today’s NFL that Thomas is first-round talent. He has both the size and athleticism to control his destiny, and he will be taken on day one with Roger Goodell. Finding a tackle that will last you a decade in the NFL is absolutely priceless. I think that is the case here. I think Andrew Thomas will have a heck of a career in the NFL.
Andrew Thomas is a top-5 pick. He is a franchise cornerstone. Thomas is the kind of guy you can trust for years to protect your quarterback’s blindside. Teams like the Jets, Giants and Cardinals need a guy like Thomas. Each team has a young QB they hope can be the face of their franchise, however, each of those teams offensive lines have major question marks.
Thomas is a long-term franchise left-tackle on the level of a Tyron Smith or David Baktiari. If it wasn’t for Joe Burrow and Chase Young, he could easily be the number one pick in the draft without any complaint. Don’t expect him to fall out of the top-5, and he would be a perfect fit as a Giant, protecting Daniel Jones and helping Saquon Barkley, in Detroit where they have O-Line issues, or Miami where an elite left-tackle would be a great first brick to lay for the future.
Thomas has the potential to be a left tackle in the NFL for years to come. Guys like Joe Thomas, David Bakhtiari, and Andrew Whitworth come to mind. Thomas is no doubt the best OL prospect in this year’s draft and is a top 10 pick without a doubt. A team with a young QB in need of protection will look to take Thomas with their pick. Watch for the Cardinals, Redskins, Giants, and Jets on draft day.