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2018 NFL Draft

Ian Thomas

TE/Indiana

  • B
    6.40
    Projection
    Round 5
  • YearSenior
  • Height6-4
  • Weight259
  • Hand11
  • Arm32
  • 40-yard4.74
  • BenchN/A
  • Vertical36.0
  • Broad123.0
  • 3-cone7.15
  • 20-yard4.20
  • 60-yardN/A

    Strong Points: Very good hands with a large receiving radius for a big guy. Adjusts to the ball very well. Good at finding openings against zone defenses. Flashes getting out of cuts quickly. Willing blocker. Shows strength as a runner after the catch. Adequate blocker when on the move.

    Weak Points: Slow for the position. No burst. Doubt he can block in-line. Needs to get stronger, especially in the upper body. Only one year as a starter at the major college level. Gets stalemated as an in-line blocker.

    The Way We See It: A former junior college transfer, Thomas played juco ball at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College. Played as a backup in 2016 and became the regular tight end in 2017. Played mostly as the “F” or 'move' tight end and sometimes lined up as a 'wing.' Did not get a lot of snaps as a pure “Y.” The best thing he does is catch the ball. Very good hands; can adjust to the ball and make some difficult grabs. Good release but not explosive off the ball. Although he can break down and cut sharply, he lacks a top burst out of his cuts. Has no juice and seems to be a one-speed runner. He is better blocking on the move than tussling in-line, where he lacks the the strength and power to be productive. Overall, he has to be an “F” at the NFL level, and because he lacks speed, Thomas won't be a top target. Backup with a chance to start eventually. Must get stronger. His grade is trending up after strong combine.

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