Over the last three years or so, there hasn’t been a more coveted player by fans of the New York Giants than Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas.
Thomas, who has been named a first-team All-Pro seven times in his career, is still one of the best players at his position, according to Pro Football Focus.
He finished last year as their fifth-best offensive tackle, and he hasn’t posted a grade below 86 at any point in his career.
On Thursday morning, PFF released five trades that should happen on draft day, mentioning Thomas to the Giants as one of them.
Pro Football Focus Explaining Why The Giants Should Trade For Joe Thomas
Why it makes sense
“The premise behind this trade is very simple: The Browns aren’t in a position to contend for at least three more seasons, and it’s impossible to expect their future Hall of Fame left tackle to still be able to play anywhere near his current level if and when they do become more competitive.
Conversely, the Giants do appear ready to make a run, as long as they are able to fix significant issues on the offensive line.”
Explaining just how bad Ereck Flowers has played
“In his two seasons as New York’s left tackle, Ereck Flowers has graded around average on run blocks, but his pass-blocking has been replacement level. He’s yielded a total of 10 sacks, 26 hits, and 97 hurries, and has made matters even worse by racking up 24 penalties.”
Explaining just how damn good Thomas still is
“Meanwhile, there is no five-year stretch in Joe Thomas’ 10-year career in which he surrendered as many pressures as Flowers did in two. While last season’s 34 total pressures allowed was the second-most of his career, his 89.9 pass-blocking grade was fifth-best in the league, and his 89.1 overall grade placed him fourth.”
Potential trade compensation
“New York’s second-round pick is No. 55 overall, and considering the limited shelf-life remaining for QB Eli Manning, the massive short-term upgrade is well-worth sacrificing the pick.
From Cleveland’s perspective, this would give them six of the first 65 picks of the draft; plenty of currency to not only accumulate talent, but also the flexibility to negotiate picks for specific targets on all three days of the draft.”
How could anyone disagree with a word that was said there?
Manning isn’t getting any more mobile, meaning, you better have the offensive line situation figured out.
Although PFF suggests a second-round pick would be enough for Thomas, personally, I’d have no problem dealing a first-round pick.
Let’s be honest, who could they possibly select with their first-round pick that would have an impact anywhere close to what Thomas would have?
Shown above, are the PFF grades Thomas has produced each season of his career – never once has he had a down season.
What makes this deal tough, though, is the fact that Cleveland Just locked up Joel Bitonio long-term and gave Kevin Zeitler a monster free agent deal.
So, would they be willing to deal Thomas after solidifying one of the best offensive lines in football?
But if the Giants were to part with their first-round pick, it would certainly give the Browns something to (really) think about, as they’ve fallen in love with collecting draft picks.
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