This Andrew Thomas Stat Proves He's Being Wildly Underrated

David Kaestle
Andrew Thomas was once the top tackle in the 2020 draft class.
Andrew Thomas was once the top tackle in the 2020 draft class. / Silas Walker/Getty Images
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If you took a look at any mock draft as little as a couple months ago, you would have seen Andrew Thomas' name among the top-10 picks. He was considered the best offensive lineman in the NFL Draft by nearly everyone. Anchoring a dominant run game in the SEC, it wasn't hard to figure out why he was so well regarded.

However, over the last couple of months, things have changed. Between the NFL Combine and free agency, Thomas has somehow dropped to the mid-teens in most mock drafts and is now widely regarded as the fourth-best tackle in the class.

While there are a number of reasons why players drop or rise in mock drafts in the weeks and months leading up to the event, one stat shows that Thomas' fall might be a tad short-sighted. Thomas hasn't allowed more than two quarterback pressures in a single game since 2017.

That's more than two full seasons since Thomas has allowed his man to fluster his quarterback more than twice in a game. The number one goal is keep your quarterback upright and untouched, and it seems like Thomas does that job just as well, if not better, than anyone in the class.

While combine stats, drills and various physical metrics hold some water, none of them compare to what a player has proven he can do on the field.

Thomas performed at the highest level against the best competition college football has to offer. So, while he might not be the first tackle selected in the NFL Draft, if he goes on to have the best career of them all, this stat should be one reason why it doesn't surprise you.


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