Logan Thomas, decked out in an Athletes First sweatsuit and hat, sits in a makeshift QB room with whiteboards on all the walls surrounding him. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Thomas is so enormous, he makes the room feel cramped. A pair of his size-17 shoes sitting besides his chair look like they weigh 20 pounds. Thomas dwarfs the quarterback seated to his left, Brock Jensen, a guy who was listed at 6-3, 225 by North Dakota State. It's 2:30 on a Monday afternoon in mid-January. In a week the Virginia Tech quarterback will be down in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl as NFL personnel men study his every move.

"Best thing I can tell you is for the next three months I'm somebody that's been through this," said Kevin O'Connell, the man standing in front of them up at a whiteboard. "I know the important parts, and I know the not-so-important parts."

The 28-year-old O'Connell, a former star QB at San Diego State, spent five seasons in the NFL with five teams. For the 2013 season, O'Connell worked with ESPN as a commentator. He backed up Tom Brady in New England after being selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2008 draft. At about this same time six years ago, O'Connell was being viewed as a seventh-round guy but through strong performances at the combine and in his individual workouts and meetings, his draft stock soared. The affable former QB who is helping George Whitfield run his draft camp is hoping his new protégés can make a similar rise.