Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech #3
Size/Athleticism: Elite size and strength. Built like Roethlisberger/Newton and equally tough to bring down. Can move around in the pocket to buy time and will also take off running. Virginia Tech typically uses him on designed runs, usually off play action, three to five times per game. He’s big enough to lower his shoulder and pick up the tough yardage but also fast enough to picks up chunks in the open field. Height/size seems to aid his confidence in the pocket, allowing him to easily see the whole field and giving him the confidence to stand in and take a hit when necessary. Occasionally used as a receiver as a freshman and caught a touchdown against Wake Forest.
Arm strength/Accuracy: Can make any throw on the field with the flick of his wrist. Looks very good on downfield throws, showing the ability to drop the ball in over the receivers shoulder on deep routes. Can also fire the ball on the line with ease and consistent accuracy on intermediate throws. Accuracy is inconsistent on shorter routes. Needs to learn how to take something off to improve his accuracy and also make the ball more catchable. Some of his receivers drops could be avoided by simply taking a little heat off the ball when it isn’t necessary.
Footwork/Release: Footwork is a mess. His arm strength is so great that he doesn’t seem to have focused on his fundamentals. More often than not he throws from an open stance or off his back foot. Surprisingly, he is usually able to maintain his accuracy despite the shaky technique, but it’s something that could become more of an issue at the next level. Has a solid, over-the-top delivery. Will occasionally drop down to a three-quarters delivery under pressure or on the run and typically maintains his accuracy when he does.
Decision making: Never managed to fully develop in this area. He handles pressure reasonably well due to his size and willingness to stand in the pocket. But no matter what the pressure is like, he just doesn’t read the defense. He routinely makes ill-advised throws into tight coverage and he never showed any progress in this area of his game.
Intangibles: Made very little progress throughout his career and arguably regressed following a standout sophomore campaign.
Durability: Battled various injuries during senior year (abdomen strain, foot injury).
Comments: We haven’t seen many quarterbacks come along with Thomas’ potential. But at this point, it’s all potential. After a standout sophomore year he looked like a future superstar but he showed minimal development over the past two seasons. From the shoulders down, he’s a No. 1 pick, but from the neck up he’s undraftable. He never made the necessary adjustments and his poor decisions plagued Virginia Tech for the past few years. You have to seriously question his motivation and effort when you compare his amazing raw talent to his pitiful production.