Giants select Andrew Thomas with No. 4 pick in NFL Draft – New York Post, Nypost.com
The Giants finally made the investment they needed to make and just like that, the football lives of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are greatly enhanced and, just maybe, a whole lot more pleasant and productive.
In an unprecedented all-remote NFL Draft , the Giants got back to the basics Thursday night, using the No. 4-overall pick to select Andrew Thomas, a physically desirable and technically strong left tackle from Georgia.
“I’ve always kind of gotten a chuckle out of people saying,‘ You draft a quarterback, you got to get him weapons, ’’ general manager Dave Gettleman said. “No, you don’t draft a quarterback and then get weapons. Once you draft a quarterback you get guys in front of him who will keep him upright.
“This is an important piece for us in Daniel’s development, and Saquon as well. Don’t forget the running part of it. And he is a hell of a run blocker. ’’
Isaiah Simmons, the do-everything Clemson linebacker, was on the board but the Giants were unwilling to pass on their top- rated offensive lineman. By taking Thomas, they passed on the other top tackles, Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs and Mekhi Becton .
“All of ’em got great traits, they’re all going to be tremendous pros,’ ‘head coach Joe Judge said,“ but we did what was best for the Giants. ”
Gettleman was more than willing to trade down a few spots in order to gain additional draft picks, though he was unwilling to drop too far and lose out on one of his top-rated tackles. Nothing materialized.
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