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Just based on seeing Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas‘s size, strength and speed, you would probably be fooled into believing that he was the top quarterback eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft. But because of questions about Thomas’s ability to do the one thing that all quarterbacks actually need to do well — pass — he will probably fall to the middle rounds.
As much as it may hurt his pride and his pocket early on, that is actually a good thing for Thomas. Though he came on strong in his first year as a starter in 2011, his completion percentage dropped last year from 59.8 percent to 51.3, and overall, he seemed more uncomfortable with throwing the ball. He was very inconsistent as a junior and led Virginia Tech to a disappointing 7-6 record, the worst winning percentage the school has had since 1992. It’s unclear what caused this regression, but it will be important for him to return to the form he displayed during his sophomore season this year. He has two strengths that have endured over his starting career: the ability to throw long, accurate passes downfield and the ability to use his power and run north and south. It would be in Thomas’ best interest to be drafted by a team that is willing to be patient with him and let him develop as a backup, just as the San Francisco 49ers did with Colin Kaepernick.
Though he obviously has some things he needs to work on, Thomas has enough talent to eventually be a solid starting NFL quarterback. If he can get with a good quarterback coach who can refine his mechanics, he can be a powerful dual-threat quarterback in the mold of Cam Newton or Ben Roethlisberger. For the immediate future, it is realistic to believe that he can help a team right away in a limited, Wildcat-type package involving him running and throwing it deep. But after a year or two of development, expect him to get a shot to prove himself as an every-down player.
- Great size and athleticism
- Has an absolute cannon of an arm, regularly heaving up passes of 60-70 yards
- As much of a bulldozer at quarterback as anyone since Newton
- Extremely powerful runner, especially in open space
- Pretty good at avoiding the rush at the college level, though he doesn’t shake off defenders as vigorously as quarterbacks like Roethlisberger or Newton
- An ambitious student; already graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in human development and is working on a second degree in psychology
- Accuracy from short and mid-range is very questionable and clearly regressed from sophomore to junior season; seems much more comfortable throwing deep ball
- Has a very peculiar dropback in which he rolls out towards the left with his back facing the right tackle and looks to be set up to make a left-handed throw; this takes too much time, and he must let go of this at the professional level
- Ability to communicate with his offense on field should be looked into by teams; just from viewing tape, it doesn’t seem like his offense moves very efficiently
- Reaction time is rather slow
- Could be looked upon negatively for quarterbacking Virginia Tech in its most disappointing season since 1992
Thomas’ redshirt senior year is huge for his draft stock. He has not only his own future, but also head coach Frank Beamer‘s future, in his hands, as another subpar season could cause the man who has led Virginia Tech for the last 26 years to be forced out. Thomas will have to rediscover his form as a passer while maintaining his ability to make big plays with the deep ball and on the ground. The Hokies will face a very tough test in their opener against Alabama and will have to fight through a tough ACC schedule that includes games against Miami and North Carolina programs that are through the rebuilding phase and once again are very competitive. Thomas is under massive pressure to deliver Virginia Tech back to prominence this season, and if he doesn’t, it will all be blamed on him.
2014 Draft Projection: 4th round