"Since he's come into the league, there's a ton to like about the guy. First of all, if you look at the offensive tackles right now and offensive linemen in general, I think it's very weak. For example, I was with the Browns nine years ago [as a scout] and my job was to be in charge of the NFC West, watch every game tape and have a grade on those guys. And [the Seattle Seahawks'] Walter Jones and [the St. Louis Rams'] Orlando Pace were remarkable, and there aren't any linemen of that caliber or [the Jacksonville Jaguars' Tony] Boselli's or [the Ravens' Jonathan] Ogden's in the league right now. But if you look at the past five years or so, Thomas has been the best left tackle, and he's great. He's just not that great. He's not a masher in the run game. But he's extremely consistent, which is huge because you know what you're getting from him every week. He can handle more or less any pass rusher in the league alone every week. He's been a part of a bad offensive line and has had to give other people help. The Browns have always been weak at right tackle during Thomas' days. So he's always alone against Suggs, [Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker] James Harrison or whoever, and he's an elite pass protector. That's the beauty of him. In a left tackle, that's obviously more important than run blocking. He's probably No. 1 – since he's joined the league – as an offensive tackle in protection. He's not a masher in the run game, but he's not a liability either."