2020 NFL Draft: Grading the New York Giants draft class

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Andrew Thomas 2020 NFL Draft
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With ten selections in the 2020 NFL Draft, how did the New York Giants end up faring with their rookie draft class this past weekend?

The New York Giants won only four games last season and finished second in the division. With another losing season came a coaching change with the arrival of Joe Judge, as he was the coordinator on special teams for the New England Patriots.

Daniel Jones had his ups and downs but overall surprised some with his play, especially after Saquon Barkley went down with an injury. The 2020 NFL Draft was the time to invest in his offensive line while adding to a young defense that struggled last season.

Here is all the draft picks graded and the overall team grade is at the end. In round one of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Giants did not trade down and stayed put with the fourth overall selection.

Pick Analysis. OT. Andrew Thomas. A. 31. Scouting Report. Georgia. player

Round 1: Pick 4

The Giants made the safe, but right move in selecting a left tackle of the future. Andrew Thomas has the highest floor of the top offensive tackles that have played on the left side, so not trading down and selecting him here does make sense. Nate Solder could be on his way out and Cameron Fleming is nothing more than a backup or swing tackle. They made the good decision on doubling up on offensive tackle, as the right tackle position is also up for grabs.

With experience starting on both sides, Thomas gives them plenty of options as both Jones and Barkley will benefit from an improved offensive line. At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, the junior has the size and arm length to be successful from day one. Thomas is a polished protector in the passing game and a road grader in the run game. He made not have the most upside, compared to other top tackles, but his technique should help him at a vital position on the offensive line.