New York Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas is at the very top of the ladder in the NFL. There are no tackles, let alone left tackles, performing at a higher level than the 23-year-old is right now.
Thomas is Pro Football Focus’ highest-ranked offensive tackle in the league and through eight games this season, he’s surrendered a grand total of zero sacks.
Not only has Thomas received praise from his coaches, teammates and basically every analyst in existence, he’s also received some praise from his former offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett.
In fact, Garrett has taken a bit of a victory lap thanks in part of Thomas’ domination. After all, it was Garrett who implored the Giants and then-general manager Dave Gettleman to select the Georgia stud at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL draft.
“Plug Thomas in at left tackle and you don’t have to worry about that position for the next 10-plus years,” a Giants evaluator told the New York Post of what he recalled Garrett saying.
At the time, there was a fierce debate over which of the top four offensive tackles had the highest ceiling. But thanks to Garrett’s thumping, Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge settled on Thomas over Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Wills.
“He was as pro-ready a left tackle as I’ve seen in recent years,” Garrett told The Post. “To me, there was never a doubt about who that pick should be. It’s certainly bearing out now. He’s a fantastic young man, and he’ll be a good left tackle for a long time.”
Thomas isn’t just good, he’s elite and ascending. There’s no telling where his ceiling currently is but, dare we say, it has Hall of Fame potential. And for the many wrongs Garrett brought to East Rutherford, he deserves credit for getting the Thomas pick so right.