Several Virginia Tech juniors have a decision to make. Logan Thomas , James Gayle and Antone Exum all sent their papers in to the NFL so they could get a better idea where they would be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. The papers have been returned, but none of those players have made an announcement either way.
Virginia Tech opens the 2013 season with the Alabama Crimson Tide. As you know, Alabama has won the last two National Championships, and three of the last four. I think it’s safe to say that the Hokies will need every man they can get for that game, and that especially includes the three guys we’re talking about today.
Alabama is beatable. Certainly Texas A&M proved that, and Georgia nearly proved it again in the SEC Championship Game. However, I highly doubt the Hokies would have a chance to pull the upset without Thomas, Gayle and Exum
Of course, this isn’t about the Alabama game. This is about three guys that need to make the best decision for themselves. I’m of the opinion that the best decision for themselves is to return to Virginia Tech for the 2013 season.
Note that all underclassmen have until January 15 to declare for the draft.
At one point, Logan Thomas was considered a first round pick and a near lock to head to the NFL following the 2012 season. Now, things are different. His numbers dropped dramatically this past season.
Completion percentage: 59.8% in 2011, 51.3% in 2012
Touchdowns: 19 in 2011, 18 in 2012
Yards: 3,013 in 2011, 2,976 in 2012
Interceptions: 10 in 2011, 16 in 2012
Efficiency rating: 135.5 in 2011, 115.94 in
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