Ted Karras was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (221st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
- Contributed on special teams in each of the first eight games.
- Saw time as a reserve at center on the final offensive series while also contributing on special teams in the win at Denver (11/12).
- Made his first career start at center due to an injury to David Andrews and played every offensive snap of the win at Oakland (11/19) in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.
- Made his second straight start at center in place of the injured David Andrews in the win vs. Miami (11/26).
- Appeared at center for the final two kneeldowns in the win at Buffalo (12/3).
- Contributed on special teams at Miami (12/11) and in the win at Pittsburgh (12/17).
- Appeared at center for the final offensive series of the game while also contributing on special teams in the win vs. Buffalo (12/24) and in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/31)
2016 (16/1, 3/0)
- Appeared in all 16 regular-season games with one start at right guard. Also played on special teams.
- Started at right guard in the season-opening win at Arizona (9/11), alternating with Shaq Mason.
- Played on special teams in all three postseason contests, including Super Bowl LI.
- Made 43 career starts along the offensive line at Illinois.
- Was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree: third team in 2015 and honorable mention in 2014.
- Was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2012, 2014 & 2015).
- Was a team captain as a senior in 2015 and was the team's Illini Warrior Effort Award winner.
- Named All-Big Ten third team by the media and All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches as a senior in 2015.
- Illini Warrior Effort Award winner.
- Named Honorable mention All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten honoree as a junior in 2014.
- Played at right guard in every game as a sophomore in 2013 but the season-opener against Southern Illinois, which he missed due to injury, starting 10 games.
- Earned Illinois Point Award as top Offensive Lineman at annual postseason banquet.
- Started at right guard in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
- Redshirted the 2011 season.
- Ted Karras became the seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten, including his great-uncle, Alex Karras, who won the Outland Trophy as a defensive tackle at Iowa and was named to the Pro Bowl four times in the NFL with the Detroit Lions before going into acting, including a starring role in the 1980s sitcom "Webster".
- Grandfather, Ted Karras, played defensive tackle at Indiana and five of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, helping Bears to 1963 World Championship.
- Father, Ted Karras Jr. (now the coach at Walsh University), was a defensive tackle at Northwestern and played briefly with the Washington Redskins.
- Great-uncle, Paul Karras, played at Iowa; great-uncle, Lou Karras, played at Purdue and three seasons with the Washington Redskins; uncle, Tony Karras, played at Northwestern.
- Earned bachelor's degree in communication from Illinois in December 2014 and was enrolled in the recreation, sport and tourism master's program.