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  Andrew Thomas joined some household NFL names from Georgia Thursday night when he became a top five draft pick in appropriately a stay-at-home event. The New York Giants selected him with the No. 4 overall pick, making Thomas just the third former Bulldog in more than 25 years to go that early. The others: quarterback Matthew Stafford at No. 1 in 2009 and wide receiver A.J. Green at No. 4 in 2011. "I was excited to get the call," Thomas, who had two Zoom calls with the Giants and a formal interview at the NFL combine, told reporters. "It finally came like three minutes before the pick. I just thank God for the blessing." The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Thomas is the highest drafted Bulldog offensive lineman to go in the draft ever. "He put the work in, put the time to get to this point," Chris Slade, who coached Thomas at Pace Academy in Atlanta, said before the draft.

"I can't think of anybody else more deserving than he and his family. I'm as excited for him almost like it was me on my draft day because I know how hard he's worked, how far he's come and how much this is going to mean to his family." Thomas is in line for a 4-year, $32.3 million contract with a $21 million signing bonus, according to Spotrac. Thomas went higher than most projected but there was buzz leading up to the draft that his stock could be rising again. "Andrew certainly has a hell of a pedigree, a three-year starter in the Southeast Conference," Giants general manager Dave Gettleman told reporters. "He's played against some real quality defensive ends during his college career. He has played big time ball in front of a lot of people." - Athens Daily Banner

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