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3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Andrew Thomas

Zach Brunner
Andrew Thomas is a top offensive tackle prospect.
Andrew Thomas is a top offensive tackle prospect. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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The surplus of offensive line talent in the 2020 NFL Draft is coming at a good time, with a number of teams' units really struggling this past season. There were eight different teams that gave up 100-plus quarterback hits, and seven different teams gave up 50-plus sacks. In order to keep their quarterbacks healthy for the long run, many teams will look to address the front line early in the draft.

One of the top talents on the line available is Georgia's Andrew Thomas, who dominated the SEC at left tackle. He has the most experience on the left side of the top tackles on the board. Here are the three teams most likely to draft him.

1. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers need to improve their offensive line for the new quarterback.
The Chargers need to improve their offensive line for the new quarterback. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

The offensive line has been an area of need on the Chargers for years, so it is definitely something they will look to improve upon for their next signal caller, with Philip Rivers out of town. Not every quarterback will be as miraculously durable as Rivers has been throughout his career, so they must keep the next man upright. The Chargers hold the sixth overall draft pick, which should give them a great spot to pick between multiple blockers.

2. New York Jets

The Jets gave up 52 sacks this past season.
The Jets gave up 52 sacks this past season. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Jets have had a tough time recruiting offensive line talent via free agency, so they will likely have to rebuild this unit through the draft. Sam Darnold desperately needs protection up front, after his line gave up 52 sacks this season, and Thomas can be his left tackle for the foreseeable future. The Jets currently have the No. 11 pick.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay gave up 106 QB hits this past season.
Tampa Bay gave up 106 QB hits this past season. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

While I won't blame the offensive line for Jameis Winston's interception rate, it surely didn't help. The Tampa offensive line ranked in the bottom third of the league in both pass protection and run blocking, according to Football Outsiders, so it is an area that needs to be addressed in order to target their talented receivers down the field. Adding Thomas would go a long way and could be the single piece to the starting group that they need. The Buccaneers currently sit in the middle of the draft order, with the No. 14 pick.


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