The NFL Combine has come and gone and our beloved Hokies have been poked, prodded, questioned, and scrutinized on all aspects of their football talents. Over the next week I will be recapping the Combine for each of the former Hokies, starting with our boy Logan Thomas.
We all know Logan Thomas started rather low on most teams’ boards but is intriguing folks because of his physical attributes.
So let’s start there.
Logan KILLED it when it comes to ‘measurables’.
40 yd dash: 4.61 sec
#1 for QB
Vertical Jump: 35.5”
#1 for QB
Broad Jump: 118” (9’10”)
#1 for QB
3-cone drill 7.05 sec
#4 for QB
20 yd shuttle: 4.18 sec
#2 for QB.
Twitter was abuzz with Logan Thomas mania (Loganiacs? Logamaniacs? LT-Fever?) when he beat Mr. John Football in the 40 and led all QBs in the broad jump and vertical. The question is, where will Logan go in the draft and the answer is: Nobody has a damn clue. Analysts have been saying anywhere from a late 2nd rounder to 7th round to undrafted. Some say he’s a project QB that can be a starter if he can develop. Some say he’ll be out of the league in 4 years. Some say he has to switch to TE to have a chance. Like I said, all we know is that we don’t know.
Mike Mayock is crazy about his potential and thinks somebody will want to take a chance just on his physical ability:
Mayock on Logan Thomas: "This guy's freaky and someone's gonna wanna fix him." Yup.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 23, 2014
Mayock has also noted that Logan has ‘lazy footwork’ but effortlessly throws a beautiful ball. Bruce Feldman thinks he’ll tempt some teams
#VT Logan Thomas fastest 40 among QBs (4.61) along w 35.5 VJ…Great size, big arm. Accuracy/decision-making ?s.. Will tempt some teams
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 23, 2014
and our good friend Kyle Bailey from the Clubhouse on SuperSports 101.7 (THIS IS A PLUG, GIVE ‘EM A LISTEN) is standing by his 2-3rd round prediction
Been saying for months that no way Logan Thomas makes it past the 3rd round. With those measurables, someone’s taking him early. #Hokies
— Kyle Bailey (@TheClubhouseKB) February 23, 2014
Heck even Mel Kiper weighed in saying a possible 2nd or 3rd round pick but has also been adamant that he will end up at TE
Mel Kiper says on conference call that QB Logan Thomas could go in the 2nd or 3rd rd of NFL draft. Has CB Kyle Fuller as 2nd rd possibility.
— Hokies Journal (@HokiesJournal) February 6, 2014
I know all of us are rooting for him to figure out his footwork, get his mechanics down and read defenses better so he can have a long career as a QB and with the right coaching I believe he can. The one thing that most analysts agree on is that somebody is going to want to take a chance on him because of his Cam Newton/Andrew Luck-like size, speed and agility. The fact of the matter is there are no true franchise QBs in this draft, each one is a project in some way. With his physical attributes I think it could be argued he was one of the highest, if not THE highest, ceilings of all QBs in the draft.
Needless to say Logan surely helped his draft stock with his performance at the Combine and will have the opportunity to help himself a bit more if he shows well at the VT Pro Day. (Still trying to find the date for that)
If you ask me, I think he goes around the 3rd, possibly 4th, but as always the draft is unpredictable. The mantra “all it takes is 1 team to fall in love” fits but take that with a grain of salt, there are teams that have him graded at 2 or 3, others around 6 or 7. He has the physical tools but hasn’t shown the consistency or accuracy that is NFL caliber. He can make all of the throws but also miss all of the throws. Nothing new, we all know this. Hundreds of picks flop each year and with new rookie deals signing a flop isn’t as bad as it used to be. Draft picks are an investment and if a team puts the proper work into Logan as an investment it could really pay off for them. And just one quick note: Yes, he was recruited as a TE but has only ever played a few snaps at the position. He was a QB/WR in high school and only ever lined up as WR a couple times in college (caught one beautiful 2 yd fade for a TD against Wake Forest) he was never a TE. But, his physical attributes compared to TEs in the league and in the draft serve to help owners ‘hedge their bets’ if you will because, although he says he is and will be a QB, he is smart and will do what is best for him and if that means moving to TE I believe he will heed that advice. So Hokies, lets root for Mr. Thomas because we’ll know he’ll continue to work hard and make use proud in the league however he can.
Mr. Drunken Gobbler III