In January, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team is open to taking a quarterback on the second or third day of May’s NFL draft. On Tuesday, he was back on his old stomping grounds at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., trying out Thomas, according to a tweet from Hokies assistant coach Bryan Stiney.
— Coach Stiney (@BryanStiney) April 2, 2014
— VT Football (@VT_Football) April 2, 2014
Thomas is ranked as the seventh best quarterback prospect by ESPN Draft Insider Mel Kiper and sixth best by Todd McShay.
Last season, Thomas threw for 2,909 yards and 16 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions with a 56.6 completion percentage. He fits the parameters for an Arians-style quarterback at 6-foot-6.5 and 248 pounds, and has the arm strength required to be productive in Arians’ scheme. Thomas is also agile in the pocket, which is becoming a premium these days, especially in the NFC West as the Cardinals have seen out of Seattle’s Russell Wilson and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick.
Neither Kiper nor McShay have Thomas going in the first round. Both have just three quarterbacks going among the top 32 picks which means it's likely Thomas falls to late in the second round or even early third.
When the Cardinals are on the clock at 52nd or 84th, Arians will have first-hand knowledge of Thomas -- if he’s still available.