Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas (3) is examined by trainers after being hurt on a play against the UCLA Bruins defense at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports
Blake Bortles wasn’t the only quarterback put through the pro day meat grinder on Wednesday. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas also went through his paces in front of NFL teams.
The Vikings’ main players, Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner, were all at UCF watching Bortles, but the team surely had someone at Virginia Tech scoping out Thomas.
What did they see? By all accounts, they witnessed a much better performance from Thomas than at the combine or Senior Bowl.
Thomas struggled with accuracy in his previous work outs, but according to Tony Pauline, the big Virginia Tech QB looked sharper in the relatively more-controlled pro day environment.
“Word from pro-day was maligned quarterback Logan Thomas looked terrific. Scouts on hand said Thomas has a wealth of talent and proved as much today. While there were a few poor throws, he was accurate for most of the workout,” Pauline reported for Walter Football.
Jim Harbaugh reportedly was among those impressed by Thomas’ performance. Pauline reports that Harbaugh took Thomas and his QB coach out to lunch after the work out.
After an up-and-down career at Virginia Tech, Thomas is projected as a mid-to-late-round pick. Most experts see him as strictly a developmental player, a guy who will take several years of work before he’s ready to step on a field.
The thing that has some teams so intrigued about Thomas is his raw physical ability. He is huge for a quarterback and possesses tight end-level speed and agility. He has a very strong arm but often has a hard time controlling where the ball is going.
Thomas’ pro day performance helps to dispel the accuracy concerns a little, but it won’t help his draft stock very much at all. He’s a late-round roll of the dice at best.
Are the Vikings intrigued enough by Thomas’ physical tools to roll those dice? He won’t get the buzz that players like Bortles, Bridgewater, Manziel, Carr and McCarron are getting, but don’t forget about him.
And don’t be surprised if the Vikes take a late-round flier on Thomas even after drafting another QB. It could be a QB double-dip draft for Rick Spielman.