Scouts Compare Andrew Thomas to Tunsil, Rave About Georgia OL
Updated Sept. 27, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
Since his freshman season Georgia left tackle Andrew Thomas has gotten a lot of praise for his future as a top NFL prospect, and that is becoming a reality during his junior season. Coming off a good game against Notre Dame, sources from multiple teams say they think Thomas will be a top-10 pick next April and is better than most offensive line prospects over the past few drafts. On top of Thomas being a top prospect, sources feel that the rest of the Georgia offensive line is comprised of future NFL competitors and there will be multiple other early-round picks to come from this Bulldogs offensive line.
Across the board, scouts say that Thomas is better than Jonah Williams, the first offensive lineman taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. They feel that Thomas is more comparable to Laremy Tunsil coming out of Ole Miss in 2016 and feel that Thomas is a better prospect than Ronnie Stanley, who went in that same draft. Some feel that Thomas needs some technical work, but they also feel he is a better player with a better skill set than Stanley. Some say Thomas is not quite as athletic as Tunsil, but Thomas is stronger and more consistent than Tunsil was at Ole Miss. Every team sources felt that Thomas was a future top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a franchise tackle who could play on the right or left side.
Other than Thomas, multiple sources thought left guard Solomon Kindley could be a late first- or early second-round pick. Some feel that Kindley needs to lose some weight, but everybody liked his ability, with some evaluators thinking Kindley could be a plug-and-play starter after getting drafted.
Right tackle Isaiah Wilson also received praise from sources. They feel that Wilson (6-7, 340) is raw and needs development, thus he would be better off going to the 2021 NFL Draft. If Andrew Thomas moves on to the NFL as expected, Wilson could move to the left tackle spot in 2020 or stay at right tackle if Georgia decides to move guard Cade Mays to left tackle. Wilson broke into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman in 2018. Team sources say that if Wilson develops, he definitely has first-round potential given his size and skill set. If he were to enter the 2020 NFL Draft, some scouts thought Wilson might go late in the first round or be a second-day pick.