Ian Thomas (American football)

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Ian Thomas
No. 80 – Carolina Panthers
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 (age 23)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Baltimore (MD) Digital Harbor
College: Indiana
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Ian Thomas (born June 6, 1995) is an American football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Indiana, and was drafted by the Panthers in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Thomas' mother Martha died due to liver and kidney failure before Thomas was nine. His father died a year later due to a heart attack.[1]

College career[edit]

Thomas graduated from Nassau Community College in 2016, and joined Indiana for his junior year. Thomas played all 13 games during his first year at Indiana, acting as a blocking tight end and only recording only 3 catches.[2] During his senior year, after a game against Georgia Southern, in which he had a 71 yard touchdown, Thomas was named the Mackey Award Tight End of the Week.[3] In ten games for Indiana as a senior, Thomas had 25 receptions for 376 yards and five touchdowns.

Following his senior season at Indiana, Thomas was invited to the 2018 Senior Bowl.[4]

Professional career[edit]

On November 21, 2017, it was reported that Thomas has accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[5] Thomas helped his draft stock by impressing scouts during Senior Bowl practices. On January 27, 2018, Thomas played in the Reese's Senior Bowl and was part of Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien's South team that defeated the North 45–16. He participated at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and performed the majority of combine drills, but opted to skip the bench press due to a pre-existing shoulder injury.

External video
Ian Thomas' NFL Combine Workout
ESPN Prospect Profile: Ian Thomas

On April 3, 2018, Thomas attended Indiana's pro day, but chose to stand on his combine numbers and only ran positional drills. Thomas also attended private meetings and workouts with the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars.[6] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, his draft projections by NFL draft experts and scouts varied from as early as the second round to as late as the seventh round. The majority of experts projected him to be drafted in the second or third round. Thomas was also ranked as the fifth best tight end prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and CBS Sports and was ranked the sixth best tight end by Scouts Inc.[7][8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
259 lb
(117 kg)
32 12 in
(0.83 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
4.65 s 1.56 s 2.70 s 4.20 s 7.15 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
All values from NFL Combine[9]

The Carolina Panthers selected Thomas in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Thomas was the sixth tight end drafted in 2018.[10]

External video
Panthers draft Ian Thomas 101st overall

On May 10, 2018, the Carolina Panthers signed Thomas to a four-year, $3.20 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $747,994.[11]


  1. ^ Shankle, Kris (March 21, 2018). "Ian Thomas' Search For Greatness Has Been a Long and Winding Road". The Hoosier Huddle. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  2. ^ Miller, Mike (August 28, 2017). "Thomas hungry to make a difference at tight end this fall". Hoosier Sports Report. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Indiana's Ian Thomas Named Mackey Award Tight End of the Week". September 27, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Miller, Mike (November 20, 2017). "Thomas accepts invite to Senior Bowl". Hoosier Sports Report. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Thomas accepts Senior Bowl invite". iuhoosiers.com. November 21, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  6. ^ "IU football's Ian Thomas turning NFL heads at tight end". indystar.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  7. ^ "NFL Ian Thomas -ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Ian Thomas, DS #5 TE, Indiana". DraftScout.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  9. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Ian Thomas". National Football League. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  10. ^ Strickland, Bryan (April 28, 2018). "Panthers draft Ian Thomas in fourth round". Panthers.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Spotrac.com: Ian Thomas contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 

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