2015 NFL DRAFT

Logan Thomas, QB

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 248 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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179105-6
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05/12/2014 - On Friday night, coach Bruce Arians seemed to rule out the Cardinals drafting a quarterback. About 15 hours later, they took Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas in the fourth round. "I lied pretty good," Arians said. "I didn't want anybody jumping in front of us. There were teams calling him to see if anybody else had called yet. I know two teams that were going to take him right behind us.' On Friday, Arians was asked how he would respond to fans who believed the team should have drafted a quarterback, Arians responded: 'Why? We've got three pretty good ones and you don't take quarterbacks if they're not going to beat the guys out that you have. I know people rate quarterbacks. I've been doing this for a long time, rating quarterbacks. I like ours better." Arians said the top of the depth chart won't change. Carson Palmer is the starter. Drew Stanton is the backup. Thomas will compete with Ryan Lindley for the No. 3 job. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 4/120 - Logan Thomas, QB, 6-6, 250, Virginia Tech...The major surprise of the Cardinals draft. Just the day before, coach Bruce Arians said no quarterback remaining was better than the three on the team's roster. Thomas is a project who won't play for at least a year or two. He had trouble with accuracy in college. - The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, 6-6, 248, 4.61...A tease in search of a tutor. Thomas has the best combination of size, speed, athleticism and arm strength among all quarterbacks in this draft. He just can't shoot straight and struggles mightily with accuracy, not a good thing for a quarterback. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

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

12/31/2013 - Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas knocked out of Sun Bowl vs. UCLA...Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas was knocked out of the Sun Bowl after taking a hard hit from UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt. Zumwalt was not flagged for targeting on the play, but the officials did penalize him for unnecessary roughness. Thomas was examined by the training staff on sideline during the second quarter, and after halftime his return was still questionable. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

12/31/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas is the lifeblood of the Hokies' offense. His passing and rushing are essential to the success of the team. The senior has passed for 2,861 yards and 16 touchdowns, and is second on the team with 295 rushing yards and three scores. His running skill will be even more critical for Virginia Tech in the bowl game because of the absence of leading rusher Trey Edmunds, who will miss the game because of a broken leg. Thomas ranks third in the ACC in total offense per game (262.9), fourth in passing yards per game (238.4) and seventh in total touchdowns (20). - The Sports Xchange

11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 SENIOR BOWL COLLEGE SENIOR OF THE WEEK: Logan Thomas certainly looks the part. At 6-6, 257 pounds, he is an imposing looking athlete that has NFL scouts intrigued. But after starting the 2013 season with a 5-for-26 performance against Alabama, Thomas had yet to live up to expectations -- until this past week. Thomas lit up 11th-ranked Miami, thowing for 366 yards and two touchdowns in the Hokies' 42-24 victory at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Thomas completed 25-of-31 passes (80.6% -- his highest completion percentage of the season by far) and finished with a quarterback rating (QBR) of 92.9 -- also his best of the year.

Thomas is the Reese's Senior Bowl College Senior of the Week. "(I'm) just thrilled the way we played offensively," said Thomas, who also ran for 42 yards on 10 carries. "I think every win is a big win, but this is especially satisfying."

The win put the Hokies (7-3, 4-2) in a solid position to win the ACC Coastal Division. If VaTech can finish with wins over Maryland and Virginia -- a combined 1-10 in the ACC -- and Miami knocks off Duke, the Hokies would represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. - SeniorBowl.com

11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, QB, 6-6, 260, Lynchburg, Va.,...Thomas led the way as the Hokies went on the road and upset No. 14 Miami to get back into the thick of the Coastal Division chase. The redshirt senior connected on 25 of 31 passes (80.6 percent) with two touchdowns and no interceptions for 366 yards while running for 42 yards to give him 408 yards of total offense. Thomas' first touchdown throw set a school record for career scoring passes, and he became the first quarterback under veteran head coach Frank Beamer to have 300 or more yards passing in back-to-back games. - ACC football

11/11/2013 - I realize the Miami D is not very good, but give credit to Logan Thomas and the Hokies for an inspired effort in a rainy road win after consecutive losses against unranked opponents. Thomas had his best game of the season and maybe his career, completing 81 percent of his passes (25 of 31) for 366 yards and no picks. He also ran for 42 yards in 42-24 win. Tech was a sterling 8 of 14 on third-down conversions and rolled up a season-high 549 yards. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

11/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 10 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech...Not his first time on this list, Thomas had another rough outing this past weekend, including four 2nd half turnovers that allowed Boston College to stay in the game and eventually pull off the victory. The Hokies quarterback made several mind-boggling decisions and was careless with several throws, including a 4th quarter interception by Kevin Pierre-Louis that gave the Eagles the lead for good. Thomas was obviously rattled by Boston College's pressure most of the game and he needs to show a better internal clock to better get the ball out of his hands before the pocket collapses.

He simply hasn't made the progressions necessary to develop from a physically gifted marvel to a complete quarterback the past few seasons. But nonetheless, his natural tools (size, athleticism, arm strength) combined with his attitude and overall make-up will get him drafted higher than his film would suggest, likely in the top-100 picks by a team looking to cultivate that talent. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/26/2013 - Duke football took another major step Saturday. The Blue Devils upset No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 at Lane Stadium for their first road win over a ranked team since 1971. Duke, which has never played in bowls in consecutive seasons, became bowl eligible for the second straight year. In a mistake-filled game, the Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 ACC) overcame four interceptions by quarterback Anthony Boone. It helped that Duke's defense intercepted Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas four times. Duke won for the first time in eight games at Virginia Tech's home stadium and broke the Hokies' 20-game home win streak against non-ranked opponents.

Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) out-gained Duke 387-198 and had an almost 20-minute advantage in time of possession, but its offense made mistake after mistake in another poor overall performance. Hokies kicker Cody Journell missed two field goals -- one from 45 yards that clanged off the left upright and a 40-yarder that sailed wide left. Journell's second miss came on Virginia Tech's penultimate possession. The Hokies' final drive ended when Thomas' pass intended for Trey Edmunds was tipped in the air and intercepted by linebacker Kelby Brown. - The Sports Xchange

10/15/2013 - He probably has taken more criticism than any QB in the country, but Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas has settled in the past month and now has gone 14 quarters without an INT and the Hokies have won six in a row. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/05/2013 - Quarterback Logan Thomas' record-breaking performance keyed a strong offensive showing for Virginia Tech in its 27-17 win over North Carolina on Saturday at Lane Stadium. Thomas completed 19 of 28 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns and became the Hokies' all-time leading passer in the first quarter. He moved ahead of Tyrod Taylor in Virginia Tech's record book and now has 7,308 career passing yards.

The Hokies (5-1, 2-0 ACC), who improved to 9-1 in ACC home openers, have won five straight games since their season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama. The Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2) played without senior starting quarterback Bryn Renner, who saw his 29-game start streak end because of a foot injury. - The Sports Xchange

10/05/2013 - Logan Thomas matched his career high with three touchdown passes and Virginia Tech's defense made big plays when it needed to in a 27-17 victory against North Carolina on Saturday. Thomas' scoring throws all came in the first half as the Hokies (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) still struggled to get their running game going, but won their fifth straight. The loss was the third straight for the Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2), who pulled a surprise by starting dual threat Marquise Williams at quarterback in place of Bryn Renner, who injured his left foot last week.

Williams played well, and was driving the Tar Heels with a chance to pull them within one possession in the fourth quarter, but on fourth-and-1 from the Virginia Tech 33, he threw deep for tight end Jack Tabb and Kyle Fuller intercepted. The Tar Heels later also fumbled a punt, leading to the Hokies' final touchdown and rendering Williams' 24-yard scoring pass to Quinshad Davis with 1:09 remaining inconsequential. Williams, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore, finished 23 of 35 for 277 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also led the Tar Heels in rushing with 56 yards on 18 attempts. - AP Sports

09/26/2013 - Scouting the Virginia Tech passing game: The inconsistent play from Thomas and his receivers continued Saturday against Marshall. Thomas was intercepted twice while completing only 18 of 34 pass attempts, and though the dropped passes have decreased dramatically since the season opener, those gaffes haven't been sufficiently eliminated. Thomas said in the preseason that he wanted to have fewer than five interceptions this season, and he has already been picked off six times in four games while completing only 48.5 percent of his passes. Those numbers have to be better. - The Sports Xchange

09/26/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Logan Thomas has thrived against Georgia Tech the last two seasons. In two games against the Yellow Jackets, he has completed 55 percent of his passes for 439 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He has also rushed 33 times for 110 yards and two scores. A game against the Jackets could be just what the doctor ordered for Thomas, but he is facing a re-tooled Georgia Tech defense that currently ranks 11th in the country in yards allowed per game and 12th in the country in points allowed per game.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think we're where we thought we would be. We thought we'd be a little bit stronger and doing a little bit better. Obviously I think the offense is not doing as well on paper because we're not putting up points in the red zone, and the red zone is what's killing us. We know it. We have the ability to put up more points and we haven't done it, and that's something we need to keep working on, keep getting better at, because honestly the red zone is the money area. That's where you've got to get it done." - QB Logan Thomas - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2013 - Virginia Tech narrowly avoided an upset Saturday in a thrilling 29-21 triple-overtime win over Marshall at Lane Stadium. The Hokies scored the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter and then won on a 2-yard touchdown run by Logan Thomas, who tacked on a 2-point conversion run for good measure. The Hokies (3-1), who recorded the 700th win in program history, tied the game with 3:09 left in regulation on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to junior wide receiver Willie Byrn.

Tech kicker Ethan Keyserling, who was kicking in place of starter Cody Journell, missed kicks of 50 and 32 yards in overtime, but the Hokies were able to get over the goal line in the third extra period. The score was set up by a fourth-down pass-interference call against Marshall's Corey Tindal. The Thundering Herd's three overtime possessions ended with a missed 39-yard field goal by Justin Haig, a turnover and a failed fourth-down throw in the end zone. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2013 - Logan Thomas ran 2 yards for a touchdown and then ran for the 2-point conversion in the third overtime Saturday, as Virginia Tech overcame a sloppy performance and beat Marshall 29-21. The Hokies (3-1), who tied the game with 3:09 left in regulation, got the ball first in the third overtime, after neither team had scored in the first two. Thomas put some plays together. He ran for 2 yards, hit Chris Mangus for 10, ran for 2, and hit Josh Stanford. After a pass interference call on the Herd, Thomas bolted through the line for the touchdown, and then the PAT.

Marshall (2-2) got to the Hokies' 14, but then Rakeem Cato couldn't find a receiver, and when Davonte Allen couldn't come up with his fourth-down pass in the end zone, the marathon game was finally over. The game was played in driving rain. - AP Sports

09/16/2013 - Virginia Tech has some issues, perhaps mostly on offense, because they seem disjointed too often even though it has posted back-to-back victories. Tallying only 15 points (and two of those came courtesy of a safety from the defense) against an Easter Carolina team that has experienced defensive shortcomings in recent years is no way for Virginia Tech to portray one of the top teams in the conference. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - Scouting the Virginia Tech passing game: Tech's passing attack showed progress, but there were still some self-inflicted mistakes that could have cost the Hokies against a tougher opponent. Thomas threw two interceptions, and the receivers again dropped multiple passes. Things seemed to get better as the game progressed, so that could be a sign that the Hokies are finally shaking off some early-season rust. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Logan Thomas and the Hokies' offense showed improvement in their home win over Western Carolina on Saturday, but there is still plenty of room to grow for the senior quarterback. Thomas completed 17 of 31 passes for 200 yards and his first touchdown of the season, but he also threw interceptions on two potential touchdown passes. Like the season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama, Thomas' receivers made some mistakes that contributed to his struggles. They will try to get on the same page this week at East Carolina. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - Trey Edmunds ran for two touchdowns and Detrick Bonner returned one of his two interceptions for a score as Virginia Tech rebounded from a season-opening loss to top-ranked Alabama by beating Western Carolina 45-3 Saturday. The Hokies (1-1) got off to a sluggish start against the FCS Catamounts (0-2), now losers of 12 straight overall and 28 in a row against FBS competition. Bonner's 37-yard return off a deflection by teammate Kendall Fuller gave the Hokies a 7-0 lead in an otherwise lackluster first period.

But Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas, who was only 5 of 26 last week, finally hit his stride in the second quarter, leading touchdown drives of 87 and 69 yards. The first drive ended with the first of Edmunds' 1-yard touchdowns, the second with a 19-yard pass to D.J. Coles in the back of the end zone. Thomas finished 17 of 31 for 200 yards, but it wasn't all smooth for the fifth-year senior. He had two passes intercepted in the end zone, the second one killing a threat just before halftime after Bonner's second pick and 35-yard yard return. - AP Sports

08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Logan Thomas - The coaches say this is unquestionably Thomas' team this year. He's a senior and has experienced the ups and downs of playing at the major college level. The Hokies are hoping for a turnaround from Thomas this season after he completed only 51.3 percent of his passes and threw 16 interceptions in 2012. Under Loeffler, Thomas has been working on his accuracy and decision-making in efforts to avoid last season's pitfalls. To a man, Thomas' teammates say he's taken more control of the offense this offseason and become a leader for everybody on the team. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - AREAS OF CONCERN: While the Hokies have an established starting quarterback in Logan Thomas, his surrounding cast is mostly unproven. Thomas notwithstanding, the Hokies return only two offensive players who started more than six games last season. The two biggest concerns on offense are at wide receiver and on the line. There are a dearth of experienced options at receiver, and the Hokies may even need to give true freshmen (Carlis Parker, David Prince, Deon Newsome) and a walk-on (Charley Meyer) meaningful snaps this season. There is no shortage of available blockers -- five linemen with starting experience return -- but first-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is still looking to put together a starting unit he can trust.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think what happened last year is we understand there's a real thin line between being OK and not being OK, that you've got to play every play, prepare for every team. It's hard to win football games. So yeah, I think all those things became very clear to us last year." -- Coach Frank Beamer on what his team learned from Tech's subpar 2012 season. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech,...Started all 13 games in 2012, playing 950 snaps on offense ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores. - Virginia Tech football

08/11/2013 - TOP VIRGINIA TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. QB Logan Thomas (6-6, 258, 4.67)...A prospect who was prematurely pegged as a potential No. 1 overall pick by some, Thomas has the frame, athleticism and arm strength that will turn heads and certainly appeal to NFL scouts. But until the mental part of the game catches up to his physical talents, Thomas is more of a long-term project than proven prospect. He is well-put-together with a tall, built frame to see the entire field and stay on his feet while defenders try to pull him down, flashing courageous finishing effort as a ballcarrier.

Thomas can easily make all the necessary throws and the ball appears to shoot off his hand with plus velocity. However, he makes too many head-scratching decisions each game, which is usually the product of him staring down targets and failing to see all 11 defenders. Thomas struggles to disguise his intentions and needs to improve his pocket mobility to avoid the rush while keeping his eyes downfield, faltering under pressure and tucking to run too quickly. After a forgettable junior season, Thomas could gain some draft momentum with a strong senior campaign and possibly convince a team he's worth the gamble in the early rounds. If not, he's one heck of a tight end prospect (half-kidding). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Logan Thomas had a subpar 2012 season, but he still has tantalizing talent that could lead to a big payday in the NFL next year. With a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach both positions are held by Scot Loeffler now Thomas should improve upon his accuracy and cut down on the costly mistakes. Thomas flirted with leaving early for the NFL draft, but he decided to stay for his senior season. - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech...Started all 13 games in 2012, playing 950 snaps on offense ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores ... Broke his own school record for total offense with 3,500 yards. - Virginia Tech football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech......Started all 13 games in 2012, playing 950 snaps on offense ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores ... Broke his own school record for total offense with 3,500 yards...2011 Second-Team All-ACC - Virginia Tech football

07/18/2013 - Logan Thomas is brimming with confidence heading into his final college season. The senior quarterback at Virginia Tech hasn't received any of the advance accolades that preceded a dismal junior year, but a new coach and an improved mindset have him expecting a big finish. Virginia Tech went 7-6 last season, its worst season in 20 years. Only a bowl victory against Rutgers prevented a losing record, and a streak of eight seasons with at least 10 victories also ended. Thomas was pedestrian, completing just 51.3 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. ''For me, 7-6 is completely unacceptable and that's not what I'm used to,'' Thomas said before a recent 7 on 7 workout. ''I've been a winner everywhere in everything I've done, and 7-6 is nothing fun.

''We closed out the season on a good note, which was a good thing. I was happy for it, but we'd like to restore the regular 10-win thing. I could care less if I'm the best quarterback that's ever come out of here or anything like that. I just want to leave the place as good as I (found) it with 10-win seasons, Orange Bowl berths and such like that. It's my job, and it's an honor to do it for the school. ''It's my job to keep the perception of Virginia Tech up.''

To make it happen, Thomas has transformed himself in the offseason, working extensively with new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler on mechanics and mindset, and then putting what he has learned to use as one of the organizers of voluntary offseason 7 on 7 workouts against the Hokies defense. - AP Sports

07/15/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech...Started all 13 games in 2012 ... Completed 220 of 429 passes for 2,976 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Became the first quarterback since Bobby Owens in 1965 to lead the Hokies in rushing, running for 524 yards and nine scores ... Broke his own school record for total offense with 3,500 yards. - Virginia Tech football

05/17/2013 - Despite the return of quarterback Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech's offense simply wasn't very good last season. The Hokies were ninth in the ACC in total offense (376.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring offense (25.1 ppg). A lot of the blame fell on Thomas (18 touchdowns, 16 interceptions), but the reality is the 6-6, 262-pound Thomas tried to do too much. With the early departure of David Wilson, Virginia Tech did not have the big-time running back that has always been a staple of its offense. The offensive line also struggled.

Enter Scot Loeffler, who was hired at Auburn last season to install the pro-style power running offense. It didn't work and Loeffler was out when Gene Chizik's staff was shown the door after a 3-9 season. So there were a few eyebrows raised when coach Frank Beamer hired Loeffler and veteran offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to fix the offense. Grimes made a bunch of changes on the line as he installed more of a zone blocking scheme. Needless to say it will still be a work in progress when the Hokies return to Blacksburg this summer.

There won't be a lot of time for experimentation come August as Virginia Tech opens with Alabama, the two-time defending national champions, in Atlanta on Aug. 31. "Yep, that one has everybody's attention," said Beamer, whose team was 7-6 in 2012 after eight straight seasons of 10 wins or more. - Tony Barnhart, CBSSports.com

 
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05/12/2014 - On Friday night, coach Bruce Arians seemed to rule out the Cardinals drafting a quarterback. About 15 hours later, they took Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas in the fourth round. "I lied pretty good," Arians said. "I didn't want anybody jumping in front of us. There were teams calling him to see if anybody else had called yet. I know two teams that were going to take him right behind us.' On Friday, Arians was asked how he would respond to fans who believed the team should have drafted a quarterback, Arians responded: 'Why? We've got three pretty good ones and you don't take quarterbacks if they're not going to beat the guys out that you have. I know people rate quarterbacks. I've been doing this for a long time, rating quarterbacks. I like ours better." Arians said the top of the depth chart won't change. Carson Palmer is the starter. Drew Stanton is the backup. Thomas will compete with Ryan Lindley for the No. 3 job. - The Sports Xchange
 

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