- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals finally made their much-anticipated move at quarterback in the NFL draft, selecting Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas in the fourth round on Saturday.

At 6-foot-6, 248 pounds and with a strong arm, Thomas could be groomed as an eventual replacement for 34-year-old Carson Palmer.

Coach Bruce Arians had downplayed the idea of taking a quarterback in later rounds.

“I lie pretty good,” he said.

But the team had Thomas in mind all along.

“I didn’t want anybody jumping in front of us,” Arians said.

Thomas, in a conference call, said he “had a pretty good idea that I had a chance to go to the Cardinals and in all honesty this is what I was hoping. It just felt right from the first time meeting coach Arians and (quarterbacks) coach (Freddie) Kitchens. It just felt right from the very beginning.”

Thomas completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 9,003 career yards for the Hokies, with 53 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions. As a senior, he completed 56.5 percent for 2,907 yards and 16 TDs with 13 interceptions.

With their final two picks, the Cardinals drafted Alabama defensive end Ed Stinson in the fifth round and wide receiver Walt Powell of Murray State in the sixth. Arizona’s seventh-round pick went to Oakland in the trade that brought Palmer to the Cardinals.

Stinson, who said he was bothered by a sore groin all of last season after undergoing surgery in May, is a good friend of Arizona third-round pick Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown. The two grew up together in Homestead, Florida.

Stinson was the second defensive end drafted by Arizona. The Cardinals got North Carolina’s Kareem Martin in the third round.

Arians, a Virginia Tech alumnus, said Thomas has “probably the best arm I’ve worked out in 10 years.”

But he is a player that needs development and must beat out current third-stringer Ryan Lindley.

“Nothing’s going to be handed to this guy,” Arians said. “He’s not the quarterback of the future ‘til he earns it. He’s got to beat out a pretty good guy to get that No. 3 spot, and the No. 2 spot (Drew Stanton) ain’t changing.”

Thomas was the sixth quarterback selected in the draft and the 120th pick overall.

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