Giants nation already is salivating over their newest addition.
After weeks of debate over whether the team would draft an offensive tackle or a defensive player or make a trade, general manager Dave Gettleman got his hog molly in Thursday’s 2020 NFL Draft, selecting Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas at No. 4 overall.
It wasn’t a Daniel Jones-magnitude shock — though the pick certainly took some by surprise — but the reaction from Giants Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Giants fooled everyone. I’m already impressed by Joe Judge. Let’s go,” @TheKostos tweeted.
“Andrew Thomas is a FANTASTIC player,” @AlexWilsonESM wrote. “He will 100% be taking over at left tackle this season with Nate Solder likely moving over to right tackle. #giantschat”
“The #Giants need an OT #AndrewThomas is their guy. Massive frame with the proper blend of length & thickness,” @OurladsShonka wrote on Twitter. “Eye-opening raw athletic ability that can make a difference in the open field. Gets after LBers at the second level and maintains the ability to adjust to late movement.”
The Jones selection at No. 6 a year ago was nearly universally panned by fans and pundits, though the Duke star played well — aside from turnover issues — after he replaced Eli Manning as the Giants starter.
Thomas, who will be charged with protecting Jones, was the first of four highly regarded offensive tackles to be selected in the draft.
“Andrew Thomas was the safest OT in the draft due to his experience (41 starts) and steady game,” @BuckyBrooks wrote. “He can mail and mash in the run game, and anchor well vs elite pass rushers. @Giants get a solid starter at OT for the next decade. #NFLDraft”