An NFL team meeting with individual players is a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven't met? Yes, they do. It happens all the time, but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. The Ravens met with Indiana tight end Ian Thomas at the NFL Combine. Let's get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 248 pounds
Strengths: Thomas is athletic; he had the second-best broad jump and shuttle time and the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.74 40-yard dash -- good for fifth-best among tight ends. He's a solid and willing blocker who keeps getting better with his hand positioning. He has a great work ethic, plus the speed and size to make covering him a challenge. Thomas finished runs well and his big hands make it easier for him to haul in tough, contested catches.
Areas for Improvement: Only a one-year starter who was injured for some of 2017, Thomas will need to continue to improve his blocking and his route running.
Other Notes: Thomas hails from Baltimore; he attended Digital Harbor High School where he also played basketball and ran track. During his sophomore season at Nassau Community College in New York, he was rated the No. 2 Junior College tight end by ESPN. He finished the 2017 season at Indiana as the fourth-best tight end, with 15 yards per reception.
Draft Projection: Thomas will be third-to-fourth round pick in the NFL Draft. He is still a raw prospect but he has Pro Bowl upside.
Phoot Credit: Courtesy of Indiana Athletics