4. New York Giants – Original Pick: Andrew Thomas
It was no secret that coming into the draft the Giants were going to look to draft an offensive lineman. The question was whether they’d select Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton or Jedrick Wills. Thomas’ outstanding college career and impressive measurables led to him being the selection for NYG.
Andrew Thomas’ rookie year was very tough to evaluate. He struggled a lot but he also showed flashes of excellence. Thomas, the former Georgia Bulldog, was responsible for three penalties and 10 sacks allowed in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. The most important part of Thomas’ rookie season was the improvement, he got much better and much more consistent towards the end of the season, which is why PFF has named him a 2021 breakout candidate.
New Pick: Tristan Wirfs
While Thomas still has a chance to be a great offensive tackle in the NFL, the Giants would not pass on Tristan Wirfs if given the chance to do it over again. Wirfs protected Tom Brady all year and as a result, became a Super Bowl champion in his rookie season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Tristan Wirfs allowed 3 penalties and only 1 sack on the entire season. When looking back on the offensive line class that came out of this draft, Wirfs clearly had the best rookie season and in my opinion, also has the highest ceiling out of all of them.