Ian Thomas realized his NFL dreams when he was the first pick in the 4th round of the draft by the Carolina Panthers in 2018. During his rookie season, Thomas was forced to step up when veteran and starting tight end Greg Olsen went down with an injury. Thomas caught a total of 36 passes for 333 yards and made two touchdowns. Prior to his NFL journey, the Baltimore native was an NCAA football standout at Indiana University, making the All-Big Ten team as an honorable mention and finishing 2nd among Big Ten tight ends with 15.0 yards per reception (4th nationally) tied for 3rd in the Big Ten with five receiving touchdowns (12th nationally) and was 4th in receiving yardage (37.6) and catches per game (2.5).
The Carolina Panthers selected Thomas in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. 101st overall. The Carolina Panthers signed Thomas to a four-year contract on May 10, 2018. He made his NFL debut with the Panthers in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
“CarnoSyn has given me a big advantage over other players. Over the past weeks, I’ve seen myself grow as a player in reps against my teammates. I now stay as strong throughout the workout as I was at the beginning of the workout and I’m not getting fatigued.”