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Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 NFL Draft: Quarterback Logan Thomas

May 12th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Steve Smith

'Logan Thomas drops back' photo (c) 2010, Gary Cope - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
With the 120th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech.

Is he Arizona's quarterback of the future?

Time will tell.

Thomas is 6-foot-6 and weighs 248 pounds. He concluded his career with 9,103 yards and 53 touchdowns, both school records. Thomas had a 26-14 record in 40 career starts. He'll most likely slot in at number three on the Red Birds' quarterback depth chart.

Let's take a look at his profile via the good folks at nfl.com:

Strengths Outstanding size, stature and strength — towers over the line, has natural throwing lanes from the pocket and is able to make plays in the grasp. Athletic — can climb the pocket, escape and run for the sticks. Load to bring down. Generates easy velocity with a quick, compact release and can make all the throws. Is very competitive and will sell out to make a play. Has upside. Tough and durable — started 40 consecutive games. Vocal leader. Was the only quarterback to crack a ball speed of 60 mph on the radar gun at the combine and can flat-out rip it.

Weaknesses Plateaued as a sophomore. Uneven performance. Inconsistent footwork and mechanics. Shoddy ball placement. Still developing touch and deep-ball accuracy. Needs to quicken his eyes and expand his field vision. Needs to learn to protect himself — is not elusive and represents a big target to defenders. Struggled in big games, including a nightmare performance against Alabama. Too careless with the football — 39 INTs and 23 fumbles as a starter. Career 50-percent passer on third down.

Bottom Line Unrefined, strong-armed, sturdy pocket passer who looks the part and has intriguing, raw arm talent, though he is a converted tight end whose inexperience showed throughout a yo-yo career in Blacksburg. Has definite developmental value given his starter-caliber skill set and intangible makeup. Would benefit from coaching continuity, more specifically a QB coach capable of refining his crude talent.

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