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Va. Tech's Thomas attempts to remove doubts

BLACKSBURG

With representatives from all 32 NFL teams in attendance, including coaching bigwigs like San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly, Logan Thomas went through the gamut of throws at Virginia Tech's pro day Wednesday.

The consensus after 60 tosses seemed to be that he had a good day.

"I thought he put on a show," said quarterback guru and Thomas' personal coach, George Whitfield, obviously not an impartial observer.

"He answered the questions that needed to be answered. Could he play in rhythm? Could he be consistent? And then a lot of these guys wanted to see one of the rare arms in football. Not just college, but I think there are only four or five guys on Sundays who can throw with him....

"I thought he hit a home run today, for sure."

At least 14 former Hokies, including dismissed place-kicker Cody Journell, and several players from smaller schools around the state participated at Rector Field House.

After defensive backs Kyle Fuller, Antone Exum and a few others served as an opening act for NFL scouts and coaches, it was Thomas' turn to be front and center, throwing to D.J. Coles, Liberty receiver Pat Kelly and William & Mary tight end Robert Asmar.

Thomas threw a variety of passes, starting with short and underneath stuff and progressing to deep throws on the run that still required touch. Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler gave him advice, but was mostly an observer. Whitfield ran the show.

"He was kind of telling me, not what to do, because we've already done it a bunch, but kind of... take a breather here, take a breather there," Thomas said. "I did a great job. A couple of throws, of course, I'd love to have back, but other than that, I think I did a good job."

The San Diego-based Whitfield has established himself as a sage adviser to quarterbacks in recent years.

He has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck and is tutoring Johnny Manziel in addition to Thomas this winter.

Whitfield broke out his signature broom drills, forcing Thomas to dodge the outstretched item, then throw.

"You've got to answer questions first," Whitfield said. "You've got to address the perceptions against you." In Thomas' case, he said, that would be touch, timing and footwork.

"And then once you've addressed that, it's what can we do to separate this workout from every other one? Distance yourself. Leave these coaches walking out in the parking lot saying, 'I just saw something I haven't seen in this offseason and I don't know if I'll see it again.'

"He threw some really big balls in here and he threw some deep perimeter stuff, just to remind people, 'I'm dangerous. I'm coachable... and I'm going to be something for someone soon.' "

Thomas participated only in the throwing drills Wednesday, eschewing the drills he shined in at the scouting combine last month. Still, after so-so junior and senior campaigns, his stock remains up in the air just two months before the draft.

"Anywhere from (round) 1 to 7 is the only thing I can say," Thomas said. "Because I hear a lot."

Whitfield hears a lot from scouts, too, and thinks the bottom half of that prediction is fading away as teams get an up-close look at the 6-foot-6, 248-pound prospect and understanding his work ethic.

Whitfield said he's heard Thomas compared to Jay Cutler, another big-armed quarterback who put up average stats on a mediocre Vanderbilt team, but has developed into a productive - albeit up-and-down - NFL quarterback.

"They think he's tough," Whitfield said of Thomas. "They know he battled his way through.... Cutler had big wins some days and had big losses. He was really up and down, but he was tough and he showed the mettle, and now you see all of that really molded him to doing what he's doing on Sundays. So I think today really helped Logan."

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Checkout Jay Cutler's stats

Checkout Jay Cutler's stats at ESPN.com. Mediocre in every category. Is that really what Thomas is aspiring to? He just want to be another Jay Cutler, who's never one a championship of any kind anywhere?

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