Virginia Tech fans are beginning to worry. They aren’t worrying about the Hokies having their first losing season in 20 years. They aren’t worried about losing the Russell Athletic Bowl to Rutgers. They are instead worried about their 6’6” quarterback and whether or not he will leave for the NFL.
Logan Thomas had a sophomore slump (he’s a junior) in his second year as the Hokies starter, in fact his completion percentage almost dropped a full seven points. A couple of weeks ago this wasn’t even a discussion, Thomas insisted he was going to return for his senior year and nobody could blame him. His performance spoke for itself; he wasn’t ready for the NFL. That was until ESPN “draft gurus” released their opinions on the quarterback.
Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that he is a first round draft pick, and if that is the case then there won’t be much holding Thomas back from leaving early. However, Kiper is wrong as often as he is right and so I always take what he says with a grain of salt. Thomas has submitted paperwork to the NFL draft board in order to find out where he might be selected in the draft. I don’t have a problem with that, as the quarterback is just doing his due diligence, but that doesn’t change my mind in thinking that Thomas isn’t ready.
For those of you that paid attention to the Hokies this year, you could tell that Thomas’s mechanics as a passer were off. His footwork was often sloppy and his release point was inconsistent and those things resulted in overthrown and underthrown passes (thus his poor completion percentage). I think that Thomas would greatly benefit from another year in college.
Many of these draft experts believe that NFL teams will overlook Thomas’s production this year and simply look at his size, speed, arm strength and potential. If that is really the case then I think Thomas will leave, because he does have the potential to be a star at the next level. However, Thomas continues to stay steadfast in his commitment to stay at Virginia Tech for one more season. That could all change when the paperwork comes back.