NY Jets met virtually with Georgia OT Andrew Thomas ahead of 2020 NFL Draft
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The NY Jets were one of several teams that met with Andrew Thomas ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are all the details and what it means.
This week the NY Jets met virtually with former Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, per Jordan Reid of The Draft Network.
NFL teams are allowed a maximum of three video conference interactions a week for no longer than an hour in length per session.
This is the new world we’re living in amid the novel coronavirus. In a statement sent out to each NFL franchise, commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the 2020 NFL Draft will be done entirely virtually this year.
While all of the details are unclear at this point, one thing is certain: the entire NY Jets coaching staff, scouting department, and front office will have to draft from their own homes.
So the preparation for this upcoming draft will be unlike anything we’ve witnessed in history. No Pro Days, no 30 in-house visits, and no private workouts. So these video conference calls are a way for NFL teams, like the NY Jets, to get a better feeling on who they want to select.
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Andrew Thomas is heralded as one of the four top offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft.
If Gang Green wants to land him on draft day their only chance will be via the 11th overall pick in the first round. That would snap a 14-year drought and Thomas would become just the third offensive lineman drafted by the team in the first round since 1989.
That’s over 30 years of neglect that must be corrected sooner rather than later. Thomas would immediately plug in as the team’s starting left tackle and would force George Fant and Chuma Edoga to square off for the starting right tackle gig.
The biggest criticism of Andrew Thomas by NFL Draft analysts is his low ceiling, but in the same breath, he’s heralded for his incredibly high floor. It’s time for the NY Jets to get a player who can make an impact from day one and that starts and ends with selecting Thomas with the 11th overall pick.