Thomas attended Nassau Community College and caught 23 passes for 433 yards before joining the Hoosiers as a prized JUCO recruit, and caught three passes in a very limited role as a junior. But Thomas survived suspect quarterback play and an average offense to record 25 receptions for 376 yards and five touchdowns, including two against Ohio State, in 2017.
Thomas lost his parents at a young age - his mother died of kidney and liver failure one year before Ian's father, Earl, had a fatal heart attack - and has been raised by his siblings since fourth grade. He starred in basketball, football and track in high school and his natural talent is obvious.
Thomas is largely untested and scouts will need to trust their eyes more than the sample size with just one start and three catches entering 2017. He looks faster on tape than on the stopwatch at the NFL Scouting Combine, easily stretching the seam. Thomas absorbs and rolls through contact as a route-runner. Understands how to beat zone defense, and runs with lean to leave his mark on second-level tacklers.
Raw and underdeveloped from a coaching perspective, Thomas has upside as an every-down player and appears to be an ascending tight end in need of the right fit in the NFL.
--Field Level Media
Career Rushing/Receiving Stats