Georgia football star Andrew Thomas top 15 pick, per ESPN expert Mock 3.0
NFL draft analysts like Mel Kiper Jr. adjusted their mock drafts after free agent signings and trades.
The transactions have produced a ripple effect in the 2020 NFL Draft order as well as team needs.
Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas remains the first former Bulldog expected off the board, and if Kiper’s on the mark, he’ll find himself in a very scrutinized locker room.
Kiper has Thomas projected to go No. 14 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who recently signed six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady.
“Thomas played both left and right tackle for the Bulldogs,” Kiper noted in his ESPN-plus pay site article. “And he would help keep Brady’s jersey clean.”
Kiper, who has appeared on ESPN’s NFL draft coverage since 1984, said he also considers D’Andre Swift a potential pick for Tampa Bay at No. 14 overall.
Todd McShay, often featured with Kiper on ESPN coverage, has Swift at No. 14 in his most recent mock draft.
Kiper, bucking a recent trend of analysts who had dropped Swift into the second round, has the explosive and versatile Bulldogs back going No. 18 overall to the Miami Dolphins.
Miami has three first-round picks this year and is expected to use their first to take former Alabama quarterback at No. 5 overall.
“Let’s give Tagovailoa and the offense some help with Swift, a threat as a runner and receiver and the clear top back in this class,” Kiper penned.
“I expect Miami to address offensive tackle with one of its three first-round picks, and that could come at No. 26.”
It remains a possibility Thomas and Swift could both join former Georgia captain Jonathan Ledbetter, who made the Dolphins last season after signing as a free-agent defensive end.
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