Underdog Andrew Thomas Becomes First Offensive Lineman Selected in 2020 NFL Draft

Jason Schandl
Georgia's Andrew Thomas was the first offensive lineman selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Georgia's Andrew Thomas was the first offensive lineman selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

There's a ton of offensive line talent in the 2020 NFL Draft class, and the top tier runs three or four players deep, depending on whose evaluation you trust.

Even in that loaded group, Georgia's Andrew Thomas has set himself apart, and the New York Giants made them the first offensive lineman off the board with the No. 4 overall pick.

The favorite to be the first offensive lineman drafted, on FanDuel Sportsbook, has been an incredibly fluid title for the last few weeks, but Thomas had recently become something of an underdog.

Just a few days ago, Jedrick Wills Jr. seemed to be emerging as a clear front-runner, but then things shifted again. As of Thursday afternoon, it was Tristan Wirfs, at -115, who was favored. Wills remained in second at +155, while Thomas was +400 and Louisville's Mekhi Becton had fallen to +1500. Nobody else had odds better than +5000.

Early in the draft process the Giants had been linked to Isaiah Simmons, but in the last couple weeks before the draft the buzz emerged that they were likely targeting an offensive tackle if they didn't trade down. The question became which tackle, and we now have our answer.

Expect Thomas to step in immediately as a starter, joining Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley as a young core for the Big Blue offense.

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