2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Indiana TE Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas

Height: 6’5

Weight: 248

2017 Honorable Mention All Big-Ten

 

What I Love

I absolutely love this route by Ian Thomas.  He does an excellent job of selling a quick out route with the head turn before turning up field and tracking the ball.  This was originally marked as incomplete, but was overturned for a touchdown.

 

What I Hate

Ian Thomas went through the JuCo route, opting to transfer to Indiana for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  Thomas looked great at Nassau Community College, but only had three catches in 2016 for Indiana.  I would really like to see more of a sample size on Thomas, but nonetheless, what we do have does look impressive.

 

Blocking

While he’s not an elite blocker, you do have to admire the hole that Thomas opens up with this block.  There are several other blocks just like this, too.  They aren’t what defines Ian Thomas, but it’s just another added dimension that will get him drafted in April.

 

Player Comparison:  Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson

Ian Thomas, much like Dickson, has decisive speed for the position.  He makes plays on the field, whether that be receiving or blocking.  Both have better hands than most do at the position.

 

Projected Draft Pick:  Third to Fifth-Round

Ian Thomas has everything that I want to see in a Tight End prospect, except for a decent sample size at Indiana.  He has the size, strength, and agility to succeed in the NFL.  While Thomas isn’t an elite receiver, he’s better than most at the position coming out of college.  He could come off the board in the third round, but more likely will be a fourth to fifth rounder.

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