Logan Thomas will be going to play for another Hokie.
The Arizona Cardinals selected the Virginia Tech quarterback in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday with the 120th overall pick.
He’ll be coached by Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who played quarterback for the Hokies from 1972-74 and traveled to Blacksburg to personally work out Thomas a few months ago.
Thomas is the second Hokie to be selected in the draft, joining cornerback Kyle Fuller, who went to the Chicago Bears with the 14th pick of the first round.
It’s the highest a Virginia Tech quarterback has been selected in the draft since Michael Vick went No. 1 to the Atlanta Falcons in 2001.
Thomas’ pick surprised many. He was chosen ahead of several highly accomplished SEC passers like Alabama’s AJ McCarron and Georgia’s Aaron Murray in addition to Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, a former ACC Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Thomas was considered one of the biggest wild cards of the draft, a physical specimen who was near the top of nearly every workout at the scouting combine.
But accuracy and consistency, two issues during his up-and-down career with Virginia Tech, kept him from being the first-round pick many thought he’d be when he burst onto the scene as a sophomore.
He had an uneven senior year statistically, throwing for 2,907 yards and 16 touchdowns but also 13 interceptions. Still, Thomas thought he made giant strides mechanically in his one year under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, who has a track record of putting quarterback in the NFL.
Thomas still set school records at Virginia Tech in total offense (10,362 yards), passing yards (9,003), passing touchdowns (53), completions (693) and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (24). He also threw 39 career interceptions.
In drafting Thomas, Arians could have another big, strong-armed quarterback like he had as the offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh, when he coached Ben Roethlisberger, one of Thomas’ closest size comparisons.
Thomas is seen as a developmental quarterback Arizona can bring along behind 34-year-old starter Carson Palmer.