New York Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas is widely viewed as one of the most dominant tackles in football, but where exactly does he rank among his peers?
The answer to that question really depends on who you ask. Some view him as a tier 1 player while others are a bit more suspect.
In a recent poll conducted by ESPN, NFL executives, coaches and scouts ranked Thomas the seventh-best offensive tackle in football. And the reason he fell out of the top five, says one personnel director, is because Thomas’ simply isn’t elite.
“He’s ascending, headed in the right direction,” the personnel director said. “Not an imposing athlete compared to some others but just a solid football player.”
Although Thomas checked in at No. 7, he was unranked by some who took the poll. Those who landed ahead of him are Penei Sewell, Jordan Mailata, Lane Johnson, Tristan Wirfs, Laremy Tunsil, and Trent Williams.
Despite the backhanded compliment, Thomas was named Second-Team All-Pro in 2022 but was snubbed for the Pro Bowl. He also posted the highest WAR of any offensive tackle, per Pro Football Focus.
The most valuable offensive tackle in 2022, per PFF WAR
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As dominant as Thomas was a season ago, there’s still meat on the bone. He’s only going to get better and will continue imposing his will on defenders around the league.