The Colts could be without their starting left tackle, as Anthony Castonzo is still mulling retirement. If he does retire, Thomas could help fill that void immediately.
Left tackle may not be the sexiest position in the league, but it is one of the most important. It’s the position that protects the quarterbacks’ blindside and keeps him from getting his head knocked off. The Colts have done well at that position with Anthony Castonzo.
Castonzo has been great there for the last 10 years, but he is now mulling retirement. If he does retire, that puts left tackle at the top of the list in terms of needs for this team. Andrew Thomas out of Georgia would be a great fit to fill that void.
Thomas is large at 6’5 320, but doesn’t let that big frame get in the way of moving well laterally. He can get out wide if needed to keep pass rushers from beating him with a speed rush. He has some work to do with his footwork, but that can be coached and improved.
In the running game, Thomas is a beast. He can get downhill quickly and clear space for any running back to run through the gaping hole he creates. If he gets to the second level, the defender has no chance. Marlon Mack would love running behind a guy like this.
It would be less than ideal for the Colts to have to use their 1st round pick on a left tackle. But if Castonzo calls it quits, it is a must. It wouldn’t matter who they put back their at quarterback, they would get pummeled. Either way, they at least know they need to draft a left tackle of the future.
If Castonzo does come back, they can use this pick elsewhere and get a left tackle later in the draft. They can get some good value in the third or fourth round. But if they have to use it, Thomas would be an excellent fit.