Heading into the 2012 college football season, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has plenty of questions to answer. Still, if he can play well and continue to hone his skills, the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft could definitely be within reach.
Here’s a look at what makes him such a promising young talent.
Measuring in at 6’6”, 254 pounds, Thomas has impressive athleticism for a quarterback of his size. Using his height and over-the-top delivery, Thomas creates passing lanes for himself and finds ways to throw receivers open. He consistently makes plays with his feet and works well when rolling out of the pocket. His size also makes bringing him down a tedious task for even the best of tacklers. Although his yards-per-rush mark (3.07 in 2011) isn’t anything to rave about, the 11 touchdowns that he scored on the ground last year are worth noting.
Throughout his college career, Thomas has struggled with putting the deep ball on the mark. Consistently leading his receivers out of bounds or just overthrowing them, Thomas let several touchdown opportunities pass because of poorly-thrown balls. Evidenced by his 59.8 completion percentage in 2011, Thomas has some issues with accuracy and deciding on where to put the football.
Areas that need improvement in 2012:
More than anything, Thomas will need to improve on his decision making this upcoming season. All too often, he was overly confident in his ability to makes plays, which led to turnovers. He’ll have to learn to hone his mental toughness and make smarter decisions in clutch situations. The other thing that needs to improve in 2012 is Thomas’ impact in big games. In the three games combined that Virginia Tech played against Top 25 teams last year, Thomas managed only one passing touchdown while throwing four interceptions.
Assuming that he can make the necessary strides this season, Thomas has the potential to be a Top 10 draft pick if he opts to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He brings athleticism and playmaking abilities to the quarterbacking position and could have a successful NFL career if he can fully grasp the mental aspects of the game.
Make sure to follow Gil Alcaraz IV on Twitter and like him on Facebook.