2. Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Size: 6-5, 315
The Good: You want an NFL blocker who can be the experienced leader and main man who has worked in the biggest of games and against the best of competition? Here you go.
Thomas is a fantastic fighter who’ll get after every block and can handle himself more than fine against the elite pass rushers – he did it in the SEC just about every week. Size-wise, he’s got everything the next level wants to go along with the leadership and attitude.
He’s ready right out of the box. Able to play right tackle and be a Pro Bowl star if a team already has a star on the other side, he could also fill in right away as the left tackle who could be a fixture for the next decade.
The Not-So-Good: In a draft loaded with tackles with high-end tools, Thomas is a notch below. He’s got the size and the toughness, but he’s not quite as athletic as some might like for a left tackle. A power blocker, he might have problems grabbing and clutching in pass protection early on.
NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: It might be a bit much to get excited about a possible right tackle with a top 15 overall pick, but there’s little downside with Thomas. He’s someone you want on your line and in the locker room. Get him out there somewhere and don’t worry for the next ten years.
Projected Round: First