Andrew Thomas was my number one rated offensive lineman in the 2020 NFL Draft. While a number of so called experts were surprised the Giants took Thomas fourth overall, it wasn’t a shock to me at all. The University of Georgia product is going to be a plug and play starter for a very long time.
As the season gets closer, we still aren’t 100 percent sure whether Thomas will play left or right tackle for the Giants. The anticipation (or my guess) is that Thomas plays right tackle and shifts over to the left side when the team finally moves on from Nate Solder. To Thomas, it doesn’t matter which side he plays. He’s just ready to kick ass.
“For me, it’s kind of like a switch in my head that kind of goes off, because the plays and everything are the same, the technique is the same, but everything is flipped to the other side,” Thomas said. “You might be using your right leg for something that would maybe be different on the left side. It’s just getting used to that. But once I get a few repetitions at it, it’s just natural.”
The Giants also have Cameron Flemming and Nick Gates at the right side. Fixing this offensive line had to be the number one priority for the Giants. Daniel Jones was pressured more than any other quarterback in the NFL minus Sam Darnold. He also fumbled 18 times as well. Protecting him and getting the most out of Saquon Barkley had to be the priority.
Whether it’s the right side or left side, Andrew Thomas will be a stabilizing force from day one. He’s played both sides at Georgia so there shouldn’t be any concern wherever the G-Men decide to play him.