The NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night and Lynchburg product Logan Thomas has done all he can to impress the scouts. It's a journey that started when his cousin, Zach McCray, convinced him to get out of his basketball comfort zone and try football. His grandfather fueled his love of sports, from the Timberlake Lions to Brookville High School and Virginia Tech. Now it's time to take the next step to the NFL.
Logan worked out in front of Eagles Coach Chip Kelly and the 49ers Jim Harbaugh at his pro day in Blacksburg last month. He's had private workouts with four other NFL teams, including the Saints and Patriots, and he's met with 8 to 10 other clubs along the way. Now he's hoping one will ring his phone sometime between Thursday and Saturday.
“A lot of teams say they really like me and like my skill-set,” Thomas said. “They like what I bring to the table and from that standpoint, I’m just thankful for it. This process has been great. I got to learn a lot and travel a lot of places—places that I had never been before and didn’t really know anything about. I was just super excited about it and just very thankful to have the opportunity.”
Logan has been called the biggest enigma in the draft, projected to go in the late 2nd or early third round. His athleticism has been called freaky, but he knows there is plenty of work left to do to become a pro quarterback.
“I’m more anxious right now,” Thomas said. “I’m more anxious and excited to see what’s going to happen. You just don’t know where you are going to be. You could be in one of 32 cities and for me it’s exciting because I get to go to a new place, a new system and be around new people. I have a chance to better myself and become what I’ve been dreaming of becoming.”
Jeff Woody, now the head coach at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, coached Logan at Brookville, and never had any doubts about his ability.
“The first time I saw him in high school was in 9th grade,” Woody said. “He came up and practiced with us. He was playing wide receiver. He played quarterback on the JV level though. But I knew something was special right off the bat. To be that tall and that smooth and that athletic, and he’s a great person as well. I had a coach tell me a long time ago that making it to the NFL is like walking through a jungle and not getting bitten by a mosquito. He’s made it through the jungle and he’s got the opportunity to play at that next level and get paid for it and it’s exciting.”