John Theus
No. 71, 78, 79     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-01-19) January 19, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 145
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2016 2017)
Career highlights and awards
* USA Today High School All-American (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Games played     4
Games started     1

John Bailey Theus (born January 19, 1994) is a former American football offensive tackle. He played college football at the University of Georgia.

High school careerEdit

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Theus attended Bolles School where he was coached by Corky Rogers. As a sophomore, he was part of a 12–1 Bolles Bulldogs team led by running back Jawan Jamison that defeated Tampa Catholic for the 2009 FHSAA Class 4A state title. In his junior season, Bolles went undefeated through the regular season, only to lose 35–21 to Ocala Trinity Catholic in the Region 1-2B championship.[1] In Theus' senior season, Bolles went 16–1 and beat Miami Washington for the second Class 4A state title in three years.[2] After the season, Theus played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was also named All-American by Parade and USA Today.

Regarded as a consensus five-star recruit, Theus was ranked as one of the best offensive tackle prospects of the class of 2012, which also included Zach Banner, D. J. Humphries, and Andrus Peat.[3] With scholarship offers from almost every major program in the country, Theus chose Georgia over Notre Dame, Florida, Texas, and Alabama.[4]

College careerEdit

In his true freshman season at Georgia, Theus started all 14 games at right tackle.[5] He was only the third true freshman to start at offensive tackle in a season opener for UGA since freshmen became eligible in 1973, and the first since Trinton Sturdivant in 2007.[6] After a solid season in which Georgia ranked No. 1 in the SEC in yards per play, Theus was named Freshman All-American by,[7] The Sporting News,[8] and Phil Steele. As a sophomore, Theus lost his starting job for stints when Kolton Houston returned to the team after having his eligibility cleared by the NCAA.[9] Theus played in all 13 games of the season, starting eight of them.

For his junior season, Theus was moved over to left tackle where he started in all 13 games. He was part of an offensive line that helped Georgia rush for 257.8 yards per game, which ranked first in the SEC. Theus earned AP Honorable Mention All-SEC after the season.

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of college, Theus was projected to be a fourth to sixth round selection. He was ranked the 14th best offensive tackle out of the 109 available by He was invited to the NFL Combine and was able to complete all their drills and workouts besides the bench. He participated at Georgia's Pro Day and was satisfied with his combine number, only performing positional drills and the bench.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6 in 313 lb34½ in10 in 5.22 s 1.80 s 3.00 s 4.78 s 7.90 s 28 in 8 ft 7 in 19 reps

San Francisco 49ersEdit

The San Francisco 49ers selected Theus in the fifth round, (145th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[10] On May 5, 2016, the 49ers signed him to a four-year, $2.59 million rookie contract with a signing bonus of $257,612.[11]

On September 13, 2017, Theus was waived by the 49ers.[12]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On September 14, 2017, Theus was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.[13] He was placed on injured reserve on December 2, 2017.[14]

On February 26, 2018, Theus was waived by the Panthers.[15]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On February 27, 2018, Theus was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Saints.[16] He was waived/injured by the Saints on May 7, 2018 and was placed on injured reserve.[17] He was released on May 16, 2018.[18]

Tennessee TitansEdit

On May 17, 2018, Theus was claimed off waivers by the Tennessee Titans.[19]

On August 1, 2018, Theus announced his retirement from the NFL.[20]


  1. "Bolles' two-year run of state titles ends with road loss to Ocala Trinity Catholic". Florida Times-Union. November 27, 2010.
  2. "Jacksonville Bolles' late rally upends Miami Booker T. Washington 33-25". Orlando Sentinel. December 11, 2011.
  4. "Bolles' five-star lineman John Theus commits to Georgia". Florida Times-Union. July 15, 2011.
  5. "Freshman OL John Theus a 'tough kid' with huge upside for Bulldogs". Online Athens. December 30, 2012.
  6. "Freshman Theus may make a push for starting role on UGA's offensive line". Online Athens. August 1, 2012.
  7. " 2012 All-Freshman Team". December 7, 2012.
  8. "Sporting News' 2012 Freshman All-American team". Sporting News. December 7, 2012.
  9. "John Theus seeks big finish to UGA football career". Times Free Press. July 23, 2015.
  10. Fann, Joe (April 30, 2016). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Georgia OL John Theus". Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  11. David Fucillo (May 5, 2016). "49er's draft pick John Theus signs rookie contract".
  12. "49ers Sign LB Elijah Lee, Waive OL John Theus". September 13, 2017.
  13. Strickland, Bryan (September 14, 2017). "Panthers claim OT John Theus".
  14. "Carolina Panthers roster news: Zach Moore promoted from practice squad, John Theus placed on injured reserve". December 2, 2017.
  15. "Carolina Panthers release offensive tackle John Theus". February 26, 2018.
  16. Alper, Josh (February 27, 2018). "Saints claim John Theus, release Gerald Hodges".
  17. Williams, Charean (May 7, 2018). "Saints sign four undrafted rookies, waive four to make room".
  18. "John Theus: Waived by New Orleans". May 16, 2018.
  19. Wyatt, Jim (May 17, 2018). "Titans Claim Offensive Lineman John Theus off Waivers".
  20. Alper, Josh (August 1, 2018). "Titans place John Theus on reserve/retired list". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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