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Logan Thomas, QB

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 248 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
258137-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.61--- 35 1/29'10"4.187.05
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: A well-put-together athlete and looks the part with a tall, long frame. Physical runner and not afraid to lower his pads, making it like trying to bring down a tree trunk with his finishing toughness. Above average arm strength to quickly load and fire with effortless velocity to get away with flat-footed throws. Strongly-built and stout in the pocket to shake off defenders and bounce right back up after hits. Good quickness and scrambling ability to make plays with his legs (1,359 career rushing yards). Appears calm and under control in the huddle and stays even-keeled despite mistakes. Toughs out injuries and will play through pain. Good head on his shoulders and displays natural leadership traits. Has developed thick skin and mental toughness. Several school-records, including consecutive quarterback starts (40), career completions (693), career rushing scores by a quarterback (24) and career passing touchdowns (53).

WEAKNESSES: Very streaky ball placement and accuracy. Inconsistent footwork and mechanics are a big reason for his erratic passing, struggling to reset his lower body when moved from his spot. Needs to stay balanced through his delivery. Suspect field vision and questionable passing instincts. Needs to speed up his eyes use and decipher his reads quicker. Seems to have a handful of mind-boggling decisions each game. Throws too many fastballs and needs to develop touch and timing to deliver more catchable balls. Holds the ball too long and needs to develop his internal clock. Mixed results when responding vs. extra pressure. Not heavy, but lacks explosion in his movements. Questionable ball security and holds the ball too loose as a runner. Battled through strained abdomen in 2013 and durability will always be a concern with his physical run style when scrambling. All his career-bests statistically came as a sophomore as he struggled to show much development the past two seasons. Some passion concerns ? how badly does he want to be a NFL QB?

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Thomas didn?t start playing football until the eighth grade and lined up at both receiver and quarterback in high school. He was ranked as the No. 1 prep tight end recruit and was recruited as a receiver, tight end and H-Back by college programs (only Duke wanted him to play quarterback). He somewhat reluctantly moved to quarterback shortly after arriving at Virginia Tech and redshirted in 2009 before serving as a back-up in 2010. Thomas took over for Tyrod Taylor as the starting QB in 2011 as a sophomore and flashed intriguing potential, but his production tailed off his final two seasons in Blacksburg ? didn?t receive much help from the talent around him. He looks the part with his above average size, athleticism and arm strength, but his ball placement, touch and overall decision-making are strong red flags. He?ll throw some beautiful passes, but made way too many freshman mistakes as a senior. Thomas is a hard worker and has a positive outlook, but needs to show continued confidence if he hopes to have a future at the position. He has all the physical tools, but he is admittedly still raw and developing ? will the rest every catch up? Thomas? NFL ceiling is a question mark due to his inconsistency and unpolished feel as a passer, but he is worth a flier in the middle rounds.
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Player News
01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: Another mixed bag from the North QBs on Tuesday...After an inconsistent practice on Monday, NFL scouts and coaches were eager to see the North quarterbacks on Tuesday, especially with a strong wind swirling around Ladd-Peebles Stadium. But unfortunately it was another inconsistent practice for Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and Miami (Fla.) QB Stephen Morris. Thomas is the most physically gifted quarterback, not only in Mobile this week, but in the entire class with his tall, well-proportioned frame and big arm to toss the ball anywhere he wants on the field. But touch continues to be an issue with him. During Tuesday's practice, Thomas would throw a perfect laser that hit his intended target s between the numbers, but then would follow it up with an overthrow that sailed well over the receivers head and another errant pass that caused the wideout to re-route in order to try and track down the throw.

We'll often hear this draft season that Thomas has "what can't be taught" when referring to his physical attributes, but can touch and accuracy be taught? It can be tweaked and improved from a mechanical standpoint, but from his performances the past two days along with three years of game film, it's tough to see the upside with Thomas. It wouldn't surprise me if the Virginia Tech quarterback ends up hearing his name called on the second day of the draft. But a team that drafts him that high is living on a hope and a prayer - similar to many of Thomas' throws this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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