Giants brass reveal why they drafted Andrew Thomas
The New York Giants surprised some with their selection of Andrew Thomas fourth overall in the 2020 NFL draft. But their coaching staff and front office are excited to have him on board. Speaking on the selection of the Georgia offensive tackle standout, Giants coach Joe Thomas said he was excited about how he stepped up when the lights were brightest.
Joe Judge on Andrew Thomas: "He plays big in big games and that's very important."
Dave Gettleman: "The length that he has is a defining feature of him, physically."
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Giants general manager Dave Gettleman also said the team is most excited about the length of Thomas. There were some who believed the Giants would take Clemson standout Isaiah Simmons. But the Giants fell in love with Thomas and decided to select him instead. The Giants’ offense has struggled the last few seasons and one of the biggest reasons has been because of the offensive line.
The Giants have their playmakers with Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. But the offense line has held them back. Bringing in Thomas might not fix all the problem, but this is a good start. ‘
Thomas is expected to start right away at one of the tackle positions. The Giants’ starter last season at left tackle was Nate Solder. He however is coming off his worst season as a pro, so Thomas will come as a welcome upgrade.
Thomas is a thick powerful offensive tackle who was an All-American in 2019. He is a dominant run blocker, which is great news for Barkley and the Giants’ offense.
It appears the Giants’ offense is moving in the right direction, and maybe they are getting closer to another playoff appearance.