Round No. 1, Pick No. 10: Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia
In free agency, the Browns locked up their starting right tackle position with Jack Conklin. With that being said, the Browns draft Thomas at No. 10 and solidify their offensive line heading into 2020.
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With Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert being drafted in this mock’s top 10, the Browns had their pick between Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills and Andrew Thomas. Tristan Wirfs was drafted No. 8 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, Thomas has not received the pre-draft hype that Becton and Wirfs have enjoyed. He’s not a combine warrior like those guys. But, he is quite possibly the most polished offensive tackles in this draft.
Wills solely played right tackle in his college career with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Becton played left tackle, but is so fundamentally unsound in pads.
Thomas was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs of Georgia and played every game. Georgia was a weird offense at times, and quarterback Jake Fromm’s inconsistencies throwing the football caused them to utilize a power run game. He has blocked for Nick Chubb during their time in Georgia and said at the combine “it would be crazy” to block for him in a reunion in Cleveland.
While he isn’t the physical size of Becton, Thomas is still 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds at just 21 years old. He has quick feet that are always churning and long arms.
As far as pure, ready-to-play left tackles are concerned, Thomas is the most game ready to keep Baker Mayfield upright in 2020.