Logan Thomas NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Cardinals QB

Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies passes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 26, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech (HT: 6’6⅛”, WT: 248 lbs.)

Arizona Cardinals

Fourth Round: 120th Pick

NFL Comparison: Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders 

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
606124834 1/4"10 7/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.611.5935.5"9'10"7.054.18
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Positives

  • Prototypical size at 6’6”, 248 pounds. Very tall, able to see over the offensive line and scan the field.
  • Strong arm, capable of launching bombs deep downfield and throws with enough velocity to squeeze passes into tight windows. Can drill passes outside the numbers from the far hash marks.
  • Very athletic, was actually recruited to Virginia Tech at tight end. Rivals.com rated him as one of the top high school TE prospects in the country.
  • Capable of throwing with velocity and precision while rolling to his right.
  • Has some power as a runner. Lowers his shoulder, drives his legs and uses his weight to push forward for extra yardage. Effective in short-yardage situations.
  • Can be tough to bring down in the pocket. His size makes it difficult to wrap him up and he has the legs to escape pressure.
  • Flashes the ability to stand tall and keep his eyes downfield under duress. Capable of climbing the pocket and delivering the ball with poise.
  • High release point with an over-the-top delivery.
  • Experienced three-year starter played both under center and in shotgun during his college career.
  • Was durable throughout his time at Virginia Tech, has no history of significant injury.
  • Due to athleticism and pass-catching background, he can be used creatively on trick plays.

 

Negatives

  • Erratic accuracy, has a tendency to sail passes over his receivers’ heads or throw behind them in the short-to-intermediate level. Does not have a great feel for when to use touch or velocity.
  • Lacks anticipation, has to see an open target to throw. Ball placement is very inconsistent and he does not seem to have natural quarterback instincts.
  • Footwork is unrefined, his drop is inconsistent and he has trouble finding a rhythm. Occasionally takes a false step right before his follow-though.
  • Often demonstrates lazy mechanics. Will step away from his intended target and throw off his back foot. At times, he follows through before planting his front foot, causing his pass to sail.
  • Ball security is a big concern, as he must limit turnovers. Fumble-prone quarterback also threw double-digit interceptions in each of his three seasons as starter.
  • Can hold on to the ball for too long, taking bad sacks. Questionable pocket awareness, does not feel the rush.
  • Accuracy suffers when he is pressured and forced to rush his throw.
  • Does not appear very natural when moving to his left, looks more lethargic in his movement and passes tend to be off the mark.
  • Not an especially elusive runner in the open field and does not display much in terms of vision. Lacks the extra gear to break away from defenders and can be caught from behind.
  • Prefers to run with physicality, does not slide enough beyond the line of scrimmage to protect his body.
  • Does not throw a very pretty ball. Too many ducks.
  • Development appeared to stall at Virginia Tech. He never lived up to lofty expectations and could be appropriately labeled an underachiever in college.

 

Passing Statistics
YearTeamCompAttPCTYardsTDINT
2010Virginia Tech122646.210700
2011Virginia Tech23439159.830131910
2012Virginia Tech22042951.329761816
2013Virginia Tech22740256.529071613
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Rushing Statistics
YearTeamCarYardsAvgTD
2010Virginia Tech6223.70
2011Virginia Tech1534693.111
2012Virginia Tech1745243.09
2013Virginia Tech1623442.14
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Personal Notes

  • Team captain in 2013.
  • 2011 second-team All-ACC.
  • Redshirted in 2009.
  • Graduated with a degree in human development and working on a degree in psychology.

 

Ratings Chart 

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Overall

Blessed with all of the physical tools a quarterback coach could ask for, Logan Thomas was pegged by many analysts as a future top pick after a breakout 2011 season for the Hokies. Unfortunately, he proved to be erratic and was unable to develop enough to reach high expectations.

Superficial evaluators, however, will still love his physical tools and view him as a perfect developmental quarterback. His skill set is best-suited for a vertical offense that will emphasize his arm strength and encourage him to push the ball downfield.

While there is some potential for him at the next level, he will be best-served spending a couple of years watching from the sideline and refining his game in practice.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth-Fifth Round