May 10, 2014
Thomas, Exum taken on final day of NFL Draft
Tech quarterback goes in the fourth round, defensive back in the sixth

BLACKSBURG – Former Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and defensive back Antone Exum both were selected by teams Saturday on the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Thomas, a native of Lynchburg, Va., went in the fourth round to the Arizona Cardinals, who took him with the 120th overall pick. Bruce Arians, a former Tech quarterback himself, is the coach of the Cardinals and personally worked out Thomas this past spring.

Thomas enjoyed a record-setting career at Tech, where he owns school records for career total offense (10,362 yards), career passing touchdowns (53), career passing completions (693) and attempts (1,248) and career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (24). This past season, Thomas completed 227 of 402 for 2,907 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 344 yards and four touchdowns.

Exum, a native of Glen Allen, Va., went in the sixth round to the Minnesota Vikings, who selected him with the 182nd overall pick. He played in just three games this season, missing the first six games while recovering from a torn ACL suffered the previous January. He then missed the final three games of the season with a sprained ankle. He finished with four solo tackles and a pass breakup this past season.

Exum finished his career with 186 tackles (110 solo), including eight for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. He had six interceptions in his career – five during his junior season when he was an honorable mention All-American – and he broke up 36.

Exum became the 30th defensive back in Tech history to be drafted. Thomas became the sixth quarterback in Tech history to be drafted and the first since 2011 when Tyrod Taylor went in the sixth round to the Baltimore Ravens.

The three Tech players drafted this weekend bring the total to 91 players drafted by NFL teams in head coach Frank Beamer’s tenure.

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