Georgia's Andrew Thomas has long been one of the top offensive tackles in this year's draft class, and you can be sure the Jets -- who need tons of offensive line help this offseason -- will be scouting him heavily leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Thomas let the crowd of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday know that the Jets have already started looking into him, as he had an informal interview with the organization this week.
"I met with the Jets," he said. "Just a lot of film, breaking down my film and little things like critiquing my technique."
Thomas didn't go into any detail about who exactly he met with, but he did discuss what the Jets were looking for while they broke down his film.
"It was a couple of plays that we went over -- some good, some bad," the 6-foot-5, 320-pound tackle said. "But basically they just ask you to explain the offense. We looked at a lot of six-man pass protection and just explain to them how we ran it and our calls for it. Things like that."
Thomas was asked if he pictured blocking for Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell in those situations, and he smiled while saying "it goes so fast that I really don't think about it like that."
But he has thought about playing in New York. Thomas has signed with Roc Nation to represent him, and having been to the Big Apple, he wouldn't mind calling it home to begin his NFL career.
"That would be crazy," he said about getting drafted to a New York team. "You guys know I signed with Roc Nation so I've been up there a couple times and New York's a nice city."
Thomas is in the mix with Louisville's Mekhi Becton, Iowa's Tristan Wirfs, and Alabama's Jedrick Wills as one of the top tackle prospects in the draft. All four of these youngsters could find themselves going in the first round, and all of them want to be that first one off the board as well.
With Darnold getting crushed all of last season, protecting his blindside might be one of GM Joe Douglas' first priorities in fixing his O-line. Thomas has done just that at left tackle for the Bulldogs, and with the No. 11 overall pick, he may be available for the Jets to take come April.