The Arizona Cardinals are currently set at the quarterback position with former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer manning the position, but the team felt the need to build towards the future by selecting QB Logan Thomas in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Thomas, a 6-foot-6 248-pound physical specimen, certainly looks the part of a top-tier NFL quarterback, but looks do not define a player at the professional level. Thomas’ mechanics and his consistency are in dire need of major work. Head coach Bruce Arians could be the solution Thomas needs to fix those flaws in his game.
Thomas has moments in which you would think that this guy could have been a top-15 pick in May, but he also has moments that make you think there is no way he would be drafted. Arizona put those feelings aside to select Thomas and insert him as the potential QB of the future for the franchise. Note: I did not say franchise QB.
Thomas certainly has the tools to be a franchise QB if he wants to be. Thomas’ arm strength is second to none. His accuracy, however, needs work. Thomas’ athleticism as a QB is second to none. His footwork, however, needs work. Thomas’ leadership and ability to come through in clutch moments are both second to none. His consistency, however, well, you get the point.
Thomas has the ability to be a stud QB at the next level, but he needs a ton of work to become a viable backup during the early portion of his professional career.
Thomas’ road to being the team’s top backup signal-caller begins immediately as his name will be inserted into a battle with QBs Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton for the opportunity to back up Palmer. Thomas, based upon talent alone, should win that battle with ease. Stanton, a career backup, may not make the team this season and will likely be locked into a battle with Lindley for the No. 3 QB spot behind Palmer and Thomas.