The Arizona Cardinals are still searching for a franchise quarterback. The team has been pleased with current quarterback Carson Palmer and his presence has allowed the Cardinals to take a more patient approach. So don’t expect the Cardinals to select a quarterback in the first round this May.
In fact, I don’t anticipate the Cardinals using any of their first three picks on a quarterback unless someone who they really like unexpectedly drops. For example, if Central Florida’s Blake Bortles were to fall to the Cardinals at number 20, I’m sure the team might be tempted. In reality I expect the team to look for a potential project on the third day of the draft. Ever since the season ended I have had one particular quarterback in mind that I thought would fit Bruce Arians’ system and quarterback preference perfectly. Tuesday Arians spent the morning working out that quarterback on his college campus. Coincidentally it’s also Arians’ alma mater too.
Logan Thomas is just the type of big body, big armed quarterback that Arians loves. He has some similarities to Ben Roethlisberger, who Arians worked with in Pittsburgh, but he is far more athletic. He is built a lot like Cam Newton. He also has very good arm strength and throws one of the prettiest balls I have seen from any college quarterback this season. He impressed at the combine too, testing out with long arms, huge hands, and fantastic numbers in the 10-split, 40-yard dash, and shuttle drills. So why isn’t he going in the first round you ask?
That’s where the project part comes in. Thomas needs to improve his accuracy and footwork. He also needs to do a better job of learning to read defenses and going through his progressions in the pocket. He is currently ranked as the seventh quarterback by ESPN’s Scouts Inc. If Thomas makes it to the Cardinals pick in the fourth round, I think they should pounce.
In the right system, with the right coach, and the right amount of time to develop, I believe Thomas has the potential to be the best quarterback in this draft class. He is that talented. He is tough and is a good leader on the field. He is also a dangerous weapon when forced out of the pocket. I think the Cardinals are a perfect fit. He can learn from Palmer for the next year or two and earn his role when he’s ready.
So this May, when the NFL fires up their annual draft for prime time, keep an eye out for Thomas’ name. If he is still available at the end of day two then Cardinals fans will have a reason to get excited for the day three of the draft.