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Cardinals take a risk on Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas was one of the best quarterbacks in college football in 2011. Unfortunately, for Thomas, the last two years weren't as kind.

Thomas, who is 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, came to Virginia Tech as a top-ranked tight end prospect, but suddenly excelled at quarterback as a sophomore. Considering his size and athleticism, he was considered a top quarterback prospect for the NFL whenever he entered the draft. The longer he played at Virginia Tech, however, the more his stock fell. He made bad decisions and his level of play never reached his 2011 standard again for the Hokies.

Arizona was intrigued by Thomas’ athleticism and used its fourth-round pick (120th overall) on the quarterback. Thomas will back up Carson Palmer as he attempts to become a more reliable quarterback.

The Cardinals chose Thomas over Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zack Mettenberger. Each quarterback is a better passer than Thomas, but Cardinals general manager Bruce Arians played football at Virginia Tech.

If Thomas is unable to cut it as an NFL quarterback, Arizona could switch him to tight end in the future. No matter what, he will be given every chance to succeed. He landed with a coach in Arians who is considered a good mentor for quarterbacks. Thomas will need it, because despite his measurables, it has been a while since he showed much progress as a quarterback.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson