Ian Thomas Draft Profile

Ian Thomas draft profile

Strengths:

  • Loves the game
  • Work ethic
  • Athletic frame is well-proportioned and NFL-ready
  • Has speed to threaten seams or stack defender on deep throw outside the numbers
  • Physical through route contact
  • Shows an ability to bend and drive defensive ends into a sealed position
  • Possesses good core and lower body strength
  • Decent hands
  • Blocking got substantially better as season progressed and he was allowed to work more in-line than as a move blocker
  • Believes in fight over flight when the ball is in his hands

Analysis: Ian Thomas is an under-the-radar tight end prospect in this year’s draft. Names like Gesicki, Andrews and Goedert are commanding the headlines, but it is Thomas who may be the most well-rounded tight end in this group. Thomas has a great build and well-proportioned frame that will allow him to take and dish out contact in the NFL. He has the speed to threaten the seam or run past unknowing linebackers. Overall, he has good flexibility and his blocking game has improved each year at Indiana. His strength and quickness allows him to seal block a defensive end and maintain his position. Hands are solid—will make most catches in his radius. Scouts rave about his love for the game and his work ethic which could ascend him into a solid starting tight end in the NFL.

Weaknesses:

  • Talented but raw
  • Scouts say he needs additional reps
  • Hand placement needs work
  • Inconsistent sifting and finding targets as move blocker
  • Leaves yardage on the field with his overwhelming desire to punish rather than elude after the catch
  • 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

Analysis: Ian Thomas will be rising draft boards as the NFL Draft nears, but he is still considered raw for the position. He will need a lot of reps to learn and understand the tight end position in an NFL offense, but his work ethic shows teams he is willing to put in the work. He was rarely used in the Indiana offense and that hurt his learning curve a bit. Whichever team drafts him will be using their position coach to work with Thomas on his route tree and route running in general. He was never asked to run a full route tree and his routes are a little rounded at times. When he does have the ball he looks to punish defenders rather than eluding them with his athleticism. Hand placement in blocking is below average, but easily corrected.

What the experts say:  “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

Size: 6’4 259lbs

Draft Rank: No.3 TE

NFL Comparison: Jared Cook

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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