Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Aug 2014

Logan Thomas: Look Out Below!!!

Utter the name “Logan Thomas” on Twitter and assign some positives to his game before the NFL Draft and the most likely responses coming your way were derision and confusion. The cynicism stems from the failures of NFL teams that have consistently pursued big, strong quarterbacks without enough regard for pocket presence, capacity to learn fast, and work ethic. But Thomas has a chance, albeit a slim one, to buck the trend.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 14 Aug 2014

4 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2014, 11:42pm by dbostedo


by PaddyPat :: Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:17pm

Really nice piece. I was curious about this pick, not knowing anything about the player, for 4th round quarterback prospects are so rarely useful. It will be fascinating if the coaching staff out there in the desert can make this work. I wonder if they'll still have a good team around him by the time he would be making a push. And which quarterback will they cut? They can't keep 4...

by furtigan :: Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:54pm

If you include practice squad, yes you can, and some teams have. Not that I expect that they will, though; Lindley is likely the odd man out.

by speedegg :: Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:22pm

Interesting. Greg Cosell (NFL guru, Sr Producer at NFL Films) said he thought Logan Thomas was the equivalent of Cam Newton and Newton went in the first round.

The only difference between the two (Newton vs Logan) was Newton went to Auburn and played in the BCS Championship game and...that's it. The two are remarkably similar.

by dbostedo :: Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:42pm

Unless you believe the talent at other positions at Auburn makes up the difference, they were really very different in college. Here are their final college season stats :

Name...Comp. %... Yards... Y/A... TD... Int... Rush Yds... Rush TDs
Newton... 66.1%... 2854... 10.2... 30... 7... 1473... 20
Thomas... 56.6%... 2909... 7.2... 16... 13... 344... 4

As a VT alum, I've heard folks try to make the Cam Newton comparison pretty often. But it seems to be based on body type and athleticism more than actual performance.