Would Position Change Give Logan Thomas Better Shot at Sustainable NFL Career?

BJ KisselContributor IApril 15, 2014

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (3) tosses a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Steve Helber

Simply put, no. 

There's been a lot of talk about Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas possibly moving to tight end, where he was a high school All-American before making the switch to quarterback in college. 

Two years ago, Thomas was expected to develop into one of the top quarterbacks prospects in whatever draft he decided to enter, but that didn't happen. 

At 6'6", 248 pounds and running a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, Thomas' natural physical abilities raise the possibility of a position change.  

Gil Brandt of NFL.com wrote back in November that he believes Thomas should be open to the change: 

If I were still with the Cowboys, I would draft Thomas [as a tight end], but I would work him out and see how he caught the ball and ran routes.

While Thomas didn't develop into the quarterback many thought, or hoped, he would over his last couple of seasons at Virginia Tech, there's no reason to believe his NFL future would look brighter with a position change. 

Josh Norris of Rotoworld also threw the idea out there of Thomas making the change to tight end, even going as far as comparing Thomas' athletic ability to that of other tight ends currently excelling in the NFL:

His combination of size and athleticism nets top comparisons of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.

Now, there is no way that Thomas can win in contested situations like those two right now, but I am merely throwing out an idea worth (arguably) thinking about.

The issue with the position change and why it won't give Thomas a better shot in the NFL is a matter of details. 

Thomas is seen as a project at quarterback because he hasn't developed the accuracy and footwork needed to play the position consistently at a high level. 

But when it comes to natural throwing ability and physical measurements, Thomas ranks off the charts. 

Well, that can be seen as the same thing at the tight end position. 

He ranks off the charts for tight ends from a physical perspective, much like he does at quarterback, but people aren't picking apart the details for him at tight end because they haven't seen him play the position. 

The grass isn't greener for Thomas in this situation. 

His best bet for a sustainable NFL career is to work with his natural throwing ability and hopefully land with a set of coaches who can develop his abilities better than we saw at Virginia Tech. 

Recently, we saw former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson try to make the position switch to receiver, which can't be seen as a success or failure this early into the process. 

But while making the change to receiver hasn't proven to be an easy transition for Robinson, it's not as if he's being asked to play in-line and block grown men in his switch. 

That would be the case for Thomas, who last excelled as a tight end when blocking guys at the high school level. The skills and abilities Thomas showed in high school playing the tight end position can't be seriously considered when talking about an NFL future. 

Standing out as the best throwing quarterback at the Senior Bowl back in January, there's going to be an NFL team that's willing to try to develop Thomas' natural ability. 

Thomas' best shot at a sustainable NFL career is to continue to work on the details and finer points of playing the position that's put him on NFL teams' radars, even if it's not where he wanted to be at this point. 

He's not yet at the point where he should throw in the towel and start over.


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