As the 2020 NFL Draft approached, there was an impressive stable of top tackles available, with seemingly every scout offering a different opinion on which one was the best.
The Giants, who owned the fourth overall selection in the draft, had the pick of the litter. They chose Andrew Thomas out of Georgia.
Conventional wisdom would indicate that means Thomas was the best tackle in that draft, since he was the first one selected. The Giants obviously thought so.
One year in, though, he wasn’t. In fact, you could make the argument that Thomas’ performance didn’t make him one of top three or four tackles chosen.
Jedrick Wills, taken 10th overall by the Browns out of Alabama, Mekhi Becton, taken 11th overall out of Louisville by the Jets, Tristan Wirfs, 12th overall out of Iowa, and Austin Jackson, 18th overall out of USC, graded out better than Thomas in their respective rookie seasons by numerous analytic websites.
That, however, doesn’t mean Thomas was a bust.
Andrew Thomas had a difficult rookie season, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bust.Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post
This is not an Ereck Flowers situation. Flowers was picked ninth overall in the 2015 draft, never fulfilled his potential, became the target of some harsh criticism and ridicule among Giants fans and media and became combative about it before the team finally waived him in the middle of the 2018 season.
To the contrary, Thomas not only…