Ian Thomas is unknown and inexperienced, but he has come a long way to make it where he is today. He lost both of his parents at a young age and was raised by older siblings. He didn’t let that stop he from becoming a three-sport athlete in high school. He attended and played football for Nassau Community College and remained unknown until his sophomore year.
In eight games, Thomas caught 23 passes for 433 yards and three touchdowns. Not jaw-dropping stats, but enough to catch Indiana’s attention. The tight end played a minor role in the offense as he finished with just 28 yards on three receptions. He handed in his best season as a senior with five touchdowns on 25 catches and 376 yards. Thomas finished his career on a high note before declaring for the draft.
He has the ideal NFL size standing at 6’5″ and has an athletic body weighing in at 248 pounds. Thomas is a physical route runner who is able to create space with his breaks or even with his speed. Thomas has respectable hands and isn’t afraid to fight for the ball. He is also a decent blocker with the ability to seal the edge. All these are good, but Thomas has some great off the field qualities too. People say that he is humble, focused and loves football.
Although the tight end has some great qualities, he does have his flaws, too. He is guilty of lacking aggression and playing slow. He has talent but lacks experience. He needs more reps to work on his routes and time to learn the route tree. There shouldn’t be any concern though; these issues are correctable with coaching.
Currently, Thomas is projected as a fourth-round pick and that seems appropriate. He won’t be able to start day one, but with some coaching, he can be a legit starter in the NFL.
40 – yard dash: 4.74 seconds
Vertical jump: 36″
Broad jump: 123″
20 – yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds
3 cone drill: 7.15 seconds