IAN THOMAS

Indiana
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Prospect Info

College
Indiana
Hometown
Class
Baltimore, MD
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
259 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.82
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.74
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.2
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Thomas has been without his parents since he was 9 years old, being raised by older siblings throughout most of his school years. His mother, Martha, passed away when an abscessed tooth led to liver and kidney failure. Thomas' father, Earl, died of a heart attack a year later. Thomas finished high school as a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, track) and moved on to Nassau Community College for two years. He was rated the second-best junior college tight end nationally after a solid sophomore season (23 catches, 433 yards, three touchdowns in eight games). Indiana came calling, and he played a minor role, starting once in 13 games played (three catches, 28 yards).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
Jermaine Gresham
Overview
Thomas reminds me of Jermaine Gresham when he came out of Oklahoma, not the version you see today. Like Gresham, Thomas has the bend and "man strength" to become a successful in-line blocker if he improves his hand placement and grit. His production is lacking due to shorter two-year run at Indiana and a senior season filled with injuries, but it is easy to see NFL ability that just needs coaching and more experience. Thomas is an ascending combination tight end with an ability to become a good NFL starter who can be flexed around the field.
Strengths
  • In his building he's known as "humble and focused" and scouts say he loves football
  • Athletic frame is well-proportioned and NFL-ready
  • Able to gain space from defenders coming out of his turns
  • Physical through route contact
  • Has speed to threaten seams or stack defender on deep throw outside the numbers
  • Hands are good enough
  • Believes in fight over flight when the ball is in his hands
  • Uses stiff-arm to punish defensive backs who are looking to grab and drag him down
  • Possesses good core and lower body strength
  • Shows an ability to bend and drive defensive ends into a sealed position
  • Blocking got substantially better as season progressed and he was allowed to work more in-line than as a move blocker
  • Has ability to sustain and become a very effective blocker from the slot
Weaknesses
  • Effort and aggression is missing when asked to come across formation as wham blocker or on split-zone looks
  • Hand placement needs work
  • Outside hand almost always flies outside the frame of opponent
  • Inconsistent sifting and finding targets as move blocker
  • Talented but raw
  • Appears to count steps in routes slowing his play speed
  • Scouts say he needs additional reps
  • Routes are rounded and lack a level of misdirection for defenders
  • Didn't have to run much of the route tree and will need time to learn it as a pro
  • Leaves yardage on the field with his overwhelming desire to punish rather than elude after the catch
Sources Tell Us

"Everything that staff asked him to do last year he is starting to do this year. It just took him some time. He's really raw but you can see the strength and the hands and the talent." - NFC Director of College Scouting

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league