2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Georgia OT Andrew Thomas

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Andrew Thomas

Height: 6’5

Weight: 320 lbs

 

2019 SEC Jacob’s Blocking Trophy Winner
2019 All-SEC First-Team by Coaches and AP
2019 Outland trophy Semifinalist

 

Three-year starter for University of Georgia at offensive tackle, starting at right tackle his freshman year before moving to left tackle for two years.  Consensus four-start recruiting prospect.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his future as an NFL offensive tackle.

 

 

What I Like:

Short Yardage Run Blocking

Andrew Thomas shows a good burst and quickness on this play to get to his block quickly.  Thomas is able to get to a second level block as well as he opens up a hole for the running back to get through as he dives for the first down.  This is an excellent effort from Andrew Thomas.

 

 

What I Dislike:

Balance At Point Of Attack On Line Of Scrimmage

It was difficult for me to find things that I don’t like about Andrew Thomas on film, but this one stands out.  At the snap, Thomas overextends his body as he engages with the edge rusher and loses his balance.  At the next level, Andrew Thomas will need to work on his punch and balance to succeed long term.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Second Level Blocking

Andrew Thomas is the sole reason that Georgia puts the ball in the endzone on this play.  Thomas gets to the second level quickly and applies a great hit on the defender.  The hole left in the wake of Andrew Thomas is big enough for the running back to practically walk into the endzone.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Has good height and weight for the offensive line.  Has good speed and acceleration for the position.  Displays solid ability to make sure that inline tight ends are aware of blocking assignments.  Has a good ability to read a defensive rush quickly and identify his blocking assignment.  Has solid quickness out of his stance to remain in front of defenders in pass protection.  Shows to have good footwork to recover and remain engaged with defenders.  Displays solid ability to anchor and drive through defenders in pass protection.  Has a good ability to absorb initial hit to remain anchored in pass protection.  Has a good ability to steer defenders to open up running lanes in short yardage situations.  Shows to have a solid ability to attack and drive through defenders in run schemes.  Displays a good ability to open up wide running lanes as a lead blocker up the middle of the field.  Has a solid ability to diagnose and attack quickly when asked to pull and lead block.  Displays good quickness and burst to get to second level blocks.  Shows to have a good ability to establish leverage and drive through defenders on second level blocks.  Has a good ability to block multiple defenders quickly.

Has adequate burst out of stance against speedy edge rushers as edge defenders occasionally win on the outside.  Displays a marginal punch to keep defender in front of him off the line of scrimmage.  Use of hands is adequate, but will need to improve.

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Top-Ten Overall Pick

Andrew Thomas is an excellent anchor at offensive tackle.  Played both offensive tackle positions in college, which displays his versatility.  Thomas has the skillset to be able to play either tackle position at the next level.  Needs to improve his use of hands, specifically his punch off the line of scrimmage.

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