WEDGE IS SPEAKING TO ANOTHER ALIEN AND PUTTING A HEADSET ON HIM
Come here little Gurker….Wedge is going to make you a genius. I know everyone says Gurkers are the dumbest aliens in the universe – but not you after I put this smart gear on you!
Oh hey there Dolfans. What? Oh this little Gurker…It’s not really a “make you smart” head gear. It’s more like a brain scrambler.
5 minutes from now, this Gurker won’t know what Galaxy he is in. This headgear scrambles everything.
I imagine that is the kind of confusion a versatile tight end can cause a defense to experience. Like Indiana’s Ian Thomas
THE POSITIVES: Ian Thomas has the frame and physical stature to play tight end at the NFL level. At 6’5, 250 pounds, this tight end is going to pose problems in the NFL in the red zone.
Thomas also has pretty good speed. His 4.74 40 yard dash was 5th among tight ends at the combine. Add that to his 3rd highest vertical jump and 2nd longest long jump and you get the picture. Thomas is a pretty good athlete.
Thomas can separate from defenders and fine soft spots in the defense quickly. Thomas also demonstrates extraordinary body control, good hands and has great strength. But there is something else about Thomas worth mentioning – he’s a little bit scrappy.
Thomas doesn’t shy away from contact and sometimes appears to look for it. He uses a stiff arm often and effectively against defenders.
THE NEGATIVES: Thomas is really raw. He’s a bit of a project. That might prove difficult for the Dolphins since as it stands right now they need a tight end to step in immediately.
His stats are not going to wow you. He basically played one year at Indiana, his senior year. Thomas actually transferred from community college in Maryland to Indiana after his sophomore year.
Before his senior year – Thomas had 3 catches. In his senior year Thomas caught 25 passes including 5 touchdowns. He was probably a littler underused.
THE ALIEN DUST: The difference between Thomas and some of the other day 1 and 2 tight ends is that Thomas really has a chance to develop into a pretty good blocker in addition to receiver. Thomas might be the most compete tight end prospect.
On a very superficial level, he reminds me of former Dolphin Dion Sims. But he is nowhere near the blocking Tight End Sims was coming out of Michigan State. That said, good coaching might help Thomas a really gifted football player.
Expect Thomas to be off the board before the 4th round is through. The raw talent is too much for NFL to pass on.
Ian Thomas reminds me of my favorite mind scrambler – scrambling the minds of defenses each week.
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