Andrew Thomas might be the best player to play for Georgia during the Kirby Smart era. He was a day-one starter for the Bulldogs, as he manned the right tackle spot on the 2017 team before shifting to the left side for his next two seasons.
He’s become the highest-picked player to play for Smart, as the New York Giants took him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, making him the top-picked player at his position.
Replacing Thomas will not be easy, much less finding a player who could provide the same level of play at the left tackle spot.
But there are a couple of players in Georgia’s 2020 class that might be able to follow in Thomas’ footsteps. Become early contributors for the Bulldogs before growing into better players over the course of their careers.
While many will circle Broderick Jones as the literal replacement for Thomas, there is reason to wonder about how seamless the transition will be for the incoming freshman, especially given the uncertainty regarding when he’ll get to campus.
In the video below, we explain why it’s a player who — like Thomas —comes from an elite high school program, enters at a position of need for Georgia and is already a refined player and technician.
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