The 2017 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, the FBS leader in passing touchdowns in 2016, and Toledo’s all-time leading passer — Logan Woodside achieved plenty in his collegiate career as a Toledo Rocket.
Now, the accomplished college quarterback will travel about 200 miles south within the Buckeye State, as the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him as the 249th pick in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Woodside was the first member of the 2017 MAC champion Toledo Rockets to earn a spot on an NFL roster. In his senior season in blue and gold, Woodside threw for 3,758 yards and 28 touchdowns with just five interceptions. But in the previous year, the 6-2 quarterback from Frankfort, KY eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark while tossing a season-high 45 touchdown passes. He’s excellent in the pocket, accurate, and often makes intelligent, mistake-free decisions with his passes.
He put up video game numbers in the MAC, frequently recording games with 4+ passing touchdowns. Woodside passed longtime NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski as the program’s all-time leading yards leader in 2017 and helped the Rockets claim their first conference championship since 2004. In his three years as a starter, Toledo won nine or more games each time.
Following a nightmarish loss in the Dollar General Bowl, Woodside received an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, CA. At the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Woodside ran a 4.79-second 40-yard dash and recorded a vertical jump of 31.5 inches.
Woodside was the 13th and final quarterback selected in the 2018 draft, becoming the first MAC quarterback selected since the Bengals selected Keith Wenning out of Ball State in the fifth round back in 2014.
Woodside joins the Bengals quarterback group, which includes franchise starter Andy Dalton. The depth chart behind Dalton isn’t so clear though. Journeyman Matt Barkley and 2016 sixth round pick (by the 49ers) Jeff Driskel are the other two passers on Marvin Lewis’ roster. Woodside will receive an opportunity to compete against Barkley and Driskel in training camp and preseason.
For more Bengals coverage on Woodside, check out SB Nation’s blog, Cincy Jungle.