Chris Steuber Journal
Posted: August 16, 2012
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Logan Thomas will create a lot of buzz this season, and it appears NFL scouts are already on his trail.
A week after Virginia Tech opened fall camp on Tuesday, August 7th, they permitted NFL scouts to attend practice for the first time this past Tuesday (August 14th). They were greeted with a strong response, as 18 NFL teams were represented in Blacksburg.
Among the teams present at Tuesday’s practice were the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.
The Hokies have some intriguing prospects, most being underclassmen and those on the defensive side of the ball such as defensive ends James Gayle and J.R. Collins, who would be attractive to 3-4 teams, as well as cornerback Kyle Fuller. But the main attraction for the strong contingent on Tuesday resided behind center in the form of 6-foot-5, 254-pound Logan Thomas.
It’s very early to speculate, but of all the teams in attendance, the Cardinals, Chiefs, Raiders, and possibly the Jets and Ravens - depending on how their quarterback situations materialize - could all be in play for a quarterback with Thomas’ potential.
From a physical standpoint, Thomas, rated 17th overall in my initial top 100 draft-eligible rankings in April, will draw comparisons to Cam Newton; it’s only natural given their similarities in athleticism, body type and game changing ability.
In his first-year as a starter in 2011, Thomas showcased his dynamic skillset in 14 games, as he completed 59.8-percent of his passes for 3,013 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 469 yards and 11 touchdowns.
It remains to be seen if Thomas can elevate his draft standing as a potential No. 1 overall pick when he decides to pursue the NFL. He still has a long way to go as far as being a consistent passer. The inconsistency starts with his poise in the pocket and his inability to set and deliver an accurate ball, but the tools are there and he possesses the arm strength and mobility scouts covet.
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography