Logan Thomas Senior Bowl: Quarterback Misses Golden Opportunity to Improve Stock

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech (3) throws against the South squad during the first half of a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

If only there weren't those pesky games to worry about.

When Logan Thomas walks into the room, he looks like a prototypical NFL quarterback. He stands at 6’6” and 250 pounds, has impressive speed in the open field and has a notably strong arm. He also has plenty of experience playing at Virginia Tech, which may not be Alabama, but it’s one of the more prominent college football programs in the country.

The eyeball test was invented for prospects like Thomas.

Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Dee Ford of Auburn (30) sacks North squad quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech (3) during the first half of a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

However, Thomas’ production on the field just hasn’t matched all of his measurables off of it. He proved it once again at the Senior Bowl, where he missed a golden opportunity to show NFL scouts that he can cash in on his raw talent while playing with and against some of the nation’s best players.

Thomas finished the game 4-of-5 passing but only tallied 17 yards through the air. That’s good enough for 3.4 yards per completion. To make matters worse, he posted -39 rushing yards (per the box score), although the offensive line has to take some of the blame for that number.

It was just another example to those who will pick him apart for the next four months just how inconsistent Thomas can be.

He was inaccurate with too many throws at Virginia Tech, finished with 39 interceptions in 40 starts and lost three of the four bowl games he led the Hokies too. His only postseason win came in an ugly overtime affair at the Russell Athletic Bowl against Rutgers.

Many of the small things that hampered Thomas during his collegiate career reared their ugly head again at the Senior Bowl.

He struggled to put velocity on his throws (even with the strong arm), had issues with footwork and telegraphed too many of his tosses. College defenders picked Thomas off with ease, so if he telegraphs his throws at the NFL level, things aren’t going to go very well.

It almost comes as a surprise at this point when Thomas is throwing the ball well, as Bucky Brooks of NFL.com pointed out during Senior Bowl practices:

However, as Chase Goodbread of NFL.com explains, despite the inconsistent results, Thomas is more fortunate than other quarterbacks who aren’t blessed with his height when it comes to the draft process:

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas didn't exactly have the kind of senior season to help his stock as an NFL draft prospect, with a frightening TD-to-interception ratio of 16-13. But from the time he walked across the weigh-in stage Monday morning to the end of the North squad practice late in the afternoon, Thomas turned heads.

By far the biggest quarterback on either roster, Thomas measured 6-5 3/4 and 250 pounds at the weigh-in, prompting an AFC scout overheard to say Thomas' physical stature reminded him of Cam Newton. His hand measurement was 10 3/4; by contrast, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray's hands measured just 9 1/8.

Thanks to Thomas’ impressive stature and raw athleticism, he will make waves at the Scouting Combine. In fact, he will probably be drafted much higher than his college numbers warrant because of the tendency to take chances on quarterbacks and the recent success of runners like Newton and Colin Kaepernick.

That’s why the Senior Bowl was such a golden opportunity for Thomas. All scouts and NFL front offices really need is some type of production on the field to grab onto as a sign of progress to justify their inevitable obsession with his potential, speed and size.

Once again, they will have to wait.