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2020 NFL Draft Profile: Andrew Thomas

2020 NFL Draft Profile: Andrew Thomas

2020 NFL Draft Profile: Andrew Thomas

Teams looking for offensive line help in the 2020 NFL Draft will certainly have Andrew Thomas high on their boards. An All-American all three seasons at Georgia and the recipient of the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2019, Thomas checks all of the boxes when it comes to what teams are looking for in a prototypical left tackle. This is a deep group of tackle options, so while Thomas may not be the first to come off of the board, he grades out as Athlon Sports' best prospect at the position.

Andrew Thomas Draft Profile

College: Georgia
Class: Jr.
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 320

Strong Points

Thomas combines good length, great athleticism and impeccable balance. He’s a pure athlete, consistently walling off speed and often handling counter moves with ease thanks to outstanding flexibility and quick, nimble feet. Playing in UGa’s classic offensive scheme required him to hold blocks for longer than many collegiate linemen have to in spread, quick-game systems. He is powerful through the lower half and difficult to move once he drops anchor, with the heavy hands and vine-like arms to catch and control pass rushers. He has a great feel for handling twists and stunts up front. In the run game, he’s at his best getting out in space — it shows up in the screen game as well.

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Weak Points

Thomas doesn’t get beat often, but when he does, he tends to get panicky in his recovery, lunging and grabbing. His timing with his hands can get out of whack when dealing with more nuanced pass-rush plans. He doesn’t always play up to his size when run blocking in a phone booth.

Summary

It’s the best offensive tackle group that’s come out in a while, and Thomas will have competition for the top spot. But his physical gifts, football IQ and experience in a pro-style scheme against SEC competition make him the top OT prospect in this class.

Final Grade: 1st round

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