Report: At least 8 teams had Georgia's Andrew Thomas rated as the No. 1 tackle in 2020 NFL Draft class
Georgia OL Andrew Thomas was the first offensive lineman taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, going to the New York Giants with the No. 4 overall pick.
The Giants reportedly wanted to trade down, but couldn’t find a trade partner willing to offer enough.
If the Giants really like Thomas, it’s a good thing they didn’t trade down. According to NJ Advance Media, at least 8 NFL teams had Thomas rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the draft class:
At least eight teams had Thomas ranked as their top offensive tackle, NJ Advance Media learned in recent weeks, so the Giants believed they had to grab him with the fourth pick.
The Giants spent much of last week frantically trying to trade down, according to multiple executives and a current general manager, but a market for the No. 4 pick never developed. If the Giants believed Thomas would still be there after moving down, it might have been a mistake: The Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers had Thomas as the top tackle on their draft boards, according to several NFL scouts and executives.
How will Thomas fare as a rookie? He has perhaps the most NFL-ready profile of anyone in the draft class, so we’ll see if he can start from Day 1.