2020 NFL Mock Draft: Sifting through the pre-draft noise
It’s tough to figure out who the Giants are going to pick here. It seems that they’re leaning towards an offensive tackle, but they could take any of the “Big 4”.
I’ve had Tristan Wirfs here for a while. And he could still be an option. So too could Mekhi Becton or Jedrick Wills. But Andrew Thomas is the safest option among the top tackles and that could appeal to Dave Gettleman.
It’s also worth noting that NBC Sports Washington’s Julie Donaldson reported that the Miami Dolphins are considering moving up to the No. 3 spot to draft Thomas.
I have a tough time believing that the Dolphins would actually do this given their need for a quarterback and the value at offensive tackle that should be on the board for their No. 18 pick. And if they really want one of the Big 4, they could move up from the 18th spot to grab a blindside protector.
But the fact that the rumor states that the team would move up for Thomas is intriguing. And that could indicate that Thomas is the Giants’ preferred option at the No. 4 overall selection.
Thomas is a rock-solid lineman and while he may not be as athletic as Wirfs and Becton, his floor is the highest of any tackle in the draft. He could be a strong starter on the left side of the line or at right tackle. He’d be an upgrade over Cameron Fleming at right tackle (Fleming would be a great swing) and could be a long-term upgrade over Nate Solder on the left side.
And it’s worth noting that Thomas started at right tackle his first year at Georgia, because of Isaiah Wynn, before moving to the left side the next two years. He had a lot of success in those seasons especially as a run blocker, so perhaps the Giants like the idea of him opening up gaping holes for Saquon Barkley to exploit in 2020.