Arizona Cardinals select Logan Thomas in Round 4

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Apparently the Arizona Cardinals wanted a quarterback after all.

The Cardinals selected Logan Thomas from Virginia Tech with their fourth-round pick (120th overall). Thomas, favored in several of our mock drafts, is a towering 6’6″ tall and has a cannon for an arm. From his NFL.com draft profile:

STRENGTHS

Outstanding size, stature and strength — towers over the line, has natural throwing lanes from the pocket and is able to make plays in the grasp. Athletic — can climb the pocket, escape and run for the sticks. Load to bring down. Generates easy velocity with a quick, compact release and can make all the throws. Is very competitive and will sell out to make a play. Has upside. Tough and durable — started 40 consecutive games. Vocal leader. Was the only quarterback to crack a ball speed of 60 mph on the radar gun at the combine and can flat-out rip it.

In his career, Thomas had his ups and downs at VT. He had a 5-for-26 clunker against Alabama and laid a 3-for-11 egg against UCLA in the Sun Bowl. The thing that stands out about Thomas is that in eight of last nine regular season games, he carried the ball at least 10 times. I’ts highly unlikely he will be able to do that at the NFL level. It seems a little counter-intuitive to what Bruce Arians likes in his quarterbacks–pocket passers.

Picking Thomas means Arizona has four quarterbacks on the roster…but there’s only room for three. Carson Palmer is still on board so will this be the curtain call for Drew Stanton or Ryan Lindley? Stanton hasn’t thrown a pass in three years while Lindley has seven interceptions and zero career touchdowns. Stanton also makes three times the money Lindley does.

 

From ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss

Changing positions isn’t going to happen either, while it is an prospect.

No word yet on Twitter from Lindley nor Stanton. Arizona is up again in the fifth round at pick #160 overall.

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