I'd like to thank Jess for stopping in and discussing Logan Thomas's prospects and his thoughts on the Cardinals picking Logan up with the 20th pick of the 4th round. You can read more about the Arizona Cardinals at their excellent site.
1) So by the looks of things, Bruce Arian's sole motive is to groom Logan at QB? No murmurs about splitting him out at TE/Slot WR any?
Arians was very clear when Thomas was drafted that he is not going to play tight end or receiver. They are grooming him to be an NFL quarterback.
2) Looking at the film, how confident are you that he can put the whole package together and be at least a replacement level NFL starting QB?
At this point, no confidence. I am open to the idea that he could because he is still raw and new to the position, but QBs taken late usually are what they are. And accuracy is not something that quarterback suddenly get better at.
3) What do you think of his mobility? Underrated? Overrated?
I think it is rated about right. He can run if he needs to, but he is going to be able to extend plays much like Ben Roethlisberger does.
4) Arm strength we know about, he had the strongest arm in the draft. But do you trust that he'll ever have the touch to make all the throws?
That's the part I don't know. Cardinals fans have seen Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley -- all guys with elite arms, but problems with accuracy. Did any of them improve? Not really. We'll see with Thomas.
5) In the event Logan is the future, what does that mean for the present? How happy will the Cardinals fan base be to learn that you might need to lean on Carson Palmer for a year or two more?
I think fans would be content to have Palmer leading the team as long as it competes and he plays well. Kurt Warner played until he was older, so if Palmer can keep up the production he had in the second half of 2013, then there will be no problem.
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