The Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians gets his next signal caller to groom, as the team picks QB Logan Thomas out Virginia Tech with the 120th overall pick.
This is an excellent choice of the quarterbacks that were remaining on the board and he fits the Arians mold of a passer, big, strong, agile, much like Ben Roethlisberger whom coach Arians helped develope in his days in Pittsburgh.
Don’t forget also that the Cardinals have another quarterback developing genius in Tom Moore on staff, and in a few years as this kid sits and learns he will be a solid pro if not a star in this league.
Thomas stands tall at 6’6 and close to 250 pounds, his height gives him natural throwing lanes from the pocket, but don’t sleep on his size, Thomas is very athletic and can move as well, able to run from the pocket if needed as he recorded a 4.61 in the 40 yard dash at the combine.
Here is the reason why he fits Arians system so well, Thomas has a very quick compact release that allows him to make all of the throws in a Bruce Arians system while under pressure.
He generates velocity on his passes with ease, showing his arm strength is remarkable, a raw kid that will learn the game behind a solid veteran Carson Palmer.
Thomas also played tight end so that will help him in his development with knowing what routes look like and where his safety valves are under duress.
Who knows ,with his ability to get outside the pocket; perhaps the Cardinals may design a small package for Thomas to get his feet wet in this up coming season, as Arians believes that quarterbacks are drafted to play now.
Thomas has much to work on as he has had some inconsistent issues with his footwork and pocket mechanics but that is to be expected with a young quarterback.
Most believe that Thomas struggles in big games as he demonstrated in the Alabama game last year, but these are all learning curves that can be corrected and his skill set may translate better in the NFL.
One thing is for certain, the Cardinals finally draft a quarterback that looks the part, and having not had success in drafting their own quarterback in years past this may be the best opportunity to erase those disappointments from the teams fan base.
This pick will definitely make for a very exciting highly anticipating pre-season in Glendale, as the fans can’t wait to get some sort of glimpse of their future passer in live action; Cardinal fans this could very well be the one.