Andrew Thomas (American football)

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Andrew Thomas
No. 78 – New York Giants
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-22) January 22, 1999 (age 21)
Lithonia, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Pace Academy (Atlanta, Georgia)
College:Georgia
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Andrew Thomas (born January 22, 1999) is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia and was selected by the Giants fourth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Thomas attended Pace Academy in Atlanta.[1] Following his high school career, Thomas played at the Army All-American Game.[2] He committed to Georgia on July 10, 2016,[3] choosing the Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and others.[4]

College career[edit]

Thomas started every game at right tackle his true freshman season, earning him a Freshman All-American accolade after the conclusion of the season.[5] Thomas switched to left tackle for his sophomore season. He injured his left ankle playing South Carolina, and didn't play the following game against Middle Tennessee. During the next two games, Thomas worked his way back to full participation,[1] though he was forced to wear a brace after re-injuring the ankle later in the season.[6] After helping to pave the way for 331 rushing yards against Kentucky, Thomas was named the SEC offensive lineman of the week.[7] He was named a first-team All American and to the first-team All-SEC after the season.[5][8]

Thomas was also invited to the NCAA Elite Football Synopsium in the winter following his sophomore season; the program helps athletes prepare for the transition from college to the NFL.[9] Before his junior season, Thomas projected out as a potential first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft if he chose to leave Georgia after his junior year.[10] On December 17, 2019, Thomas announced that he would forgo his senior year and enter the 2020 NFL Draft, thus also skipping the 2020 Sugar Bowl.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5 18 in
(1.96 m)
315 lb
(143 kg)
36 18 in
(0.92 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
5.22 s 1.83 s 4.66 s 7.58 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12]

Thomas was selected by the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.[13]

Thomas played left tackle for the first five weeks of his rookie season. Thomas was benched for Matt Peart during their Week 6 match against Washington because he arrived late for a team meeting.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Russo, Kelsey (October 11, 2018). "Don't doubt Thomas: Andrew Thomas battles through position change and injury". The Red & Black. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Alexander, Wilson (January 7, 2018). "Georgia's Andrew Thomas ready for final test of freshman season in national championship". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Zucker, Joseph (July 10, 2016). "Andrew Thomas to Georgia: Bulldogs Land 4-Star OT Prospect". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Andrew Thomas, 2017 Offensive Tackle". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Weiszer, Mark (March 23, 2019). "Andrew Thomas: All-American anchor of Georgia offensive line". Savannah Now. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Griffith, Mike. "All business: Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas leads the way". DawgNation. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Soderstrom, Alex (November 5, 2018). "D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas awarded SEC player of the week honors". The Red & Black. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "2018 All-SEC Football Team announced". Saturday Down South. December 27, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Vitale, Joe (March 9, 2019). "Georgia juniors Jake Fromm and Andrew Thomas get a taste of NFL life". USA Today. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  10. ^ Trapasso, Chris (May 6, 2019). "2020 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals take Justin Herbert, three WRs land in top 10". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Kercheval, Ben (December 17, 2019). "2020 NFL Draft: Georgia OL Andrew Thomas, a potential top-five pick, to forgo senior season". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Andrew Thomas Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Lombardo, Matt (April 23, 2020). "NFL Draft 2020: Giants take Georgia OT Andrew Thomas No. 4 | Instant analysis as Dave Gettleman bags top lineman". NJ.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "Giants sit first-round OT Andrew Thomas for being late to team meeting". NFL.com. October 18, 2020. Retrieved October 18, 2020.

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