#71 Andrew Thomas
WT: 315 lbs
High School: Pace Academy (Lithonia, GA)
Accolades: 2019 1st Team All-SEC. 2018 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-SEC. 2017 Freshman All-American.
3 Cone: 7.58
20 Shtl: 4.66
Scouting Report: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Athleticism: Andrew Thomas isn’t the most athletic tackle on the field. He’s a good blend of quickness and power and he’s effective. Thomas has the excellent lateral quickness and a good bounce to his step. He certainly doesn’t have good speed, but his quickness makes up for it. Don’t ask him to pull anywhere to make blocks because he won’t get there in time. 11/15.
Power/Strength: Thomas isn’t the strongest player on the field, but he can handle his own. He is definitely stronger in his lower portion than he is in his upper body. Solid arms that lock defenders into blocks. Not a grabby player, thank goodness, or at least he doesn’t often get called. I think he’s got room to grow in this area, and his frame looks like it can still grow. 21/25.
Pass Blocking: Andrew Thomas is definitely a pass blocker by nature. He’s effective in his drop and getting to his plant. Shows excellent bend while anchored. Recovery is among the better that I’ve seen in this class. He’s a solid blindside option and arguably the best pass blocker in this class. Handles punches better than anyone that I have seen in this class. 24/25.
Run Blocking: A strong run blocker, but certainly not the best trait that he has. Gets downhill well. Locks into a block and does well holding it just long enough. I don’t see him impact the second level as much as I would like, and when he does get there he’s largely ineffective. 15/20.
Football IQ/Awareness: Thomas is generally a smart, heady player. However, when he misses an assignment, it’s a straight-up whiff. It happens a little bit too often to write off. When Thomas is focused and driven, he’s unstoppable. Unfortunately, that’s not something we don’t see all of the time on tape. 6/10.
Leadership/Personality: Thomas has a clean slate off of the field and is a good presence in the locker room. Not vocal by any means. Not a leader. A very intelligent mind, he handles himself very well. 5/5.
There is a lot of room for Andrew Thomas to grow. He’s the best pure pass blocker in this class and is a very good blend of quickness and strength that will allow him to be effective as a starter immediately in the league. That being said, Thomas looks like he could fill his frame out better, he can improve his run blocking vastly and improve on his recognition by hitting the tape room more often. I think the potential is there for Thomas to be an All-Pro in the league for years to come. I like him going in the top fifteen.
Injury Rating: (2)
Ceiling Rating: (3)
Overall Grade: 87