Player Name: Tyler Wilson
Queen City Sports Ranking: 3rd
Tyler Wilson joins a group of past quarterbacks who most likely regrets his decision to return to school for his senior season. The beginning of the Arkansas offseason didn’t get started on the right foot with head coach Bobby Petrino caught in the middle of a scandal and eventually fired. It didn’t get much better after that. Wilson struggled throughout 2012 in part because he lost a few receivers to the NFL but mainly because his offensive line couldn’t protect him and he took a beating for it.
Wilson finished the 2012 season with 3,387 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. That was a dramatic drop from the 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions he threw during his junior year.
While there wasn’t much to take from 2012, Wilson did stand out in his 2011 season. To start the year he was named captain of the team and led his Razorbacks to only their third 11 win season. Wilson’s attempt-to-interception ratio of 1:73 was the third-best in SEC history with a minimum of 300 attempts and fourth-best in conference history with a minimum of 200 attempts.
One interesting note on Wilson is he broke Arkansas’ record for consecutive passes without an interception by throwing 184 passes between interceptions. His streak ranked as the sixth longest in SEC history. With the defensive talent of many SEC teams, this is very impressive and shows his decision making under a clean pocket can be very good.
Keeps eyes downfield
Does well at sensing pressure
Can improvise under duress
Ball flutters due to small hands
Regressed in 2012 season
Wilson is a top 15 player when I look at him on film. It’s hard to take much stock of his 2012 tape due to all the issues and distractions he faced during his senior season. While Wilson doesn’t have all the physical tools such as smaller build or hand size, he is one of the toughest quarterbacks I’ve seen. His isn’t afraid to step into a throw even though he knows he’s about to take a big hit. In addition, he does a great job of extending plays by sensing where the pressure is coming from and moving himself into the open field. Wilson also does a great job of keeping his eyes down the field when under pressure which helps him extend the plays.
His small hands do lead to passes that flutter down field or may be slightly inaccurate. In addition, at 6’2″, he isn’t that big compared to other quarterbacks which may lead to problems seeing over the offensive line. Lastly, many people look to his senior year as a regression year because he made numerous bad decisions that weren’t seen in the years prior.
Where he likely goes:
I think he goes very early in the second round and teams that could target him would be the Chiefs, Jaguars, Raiders, Cardinals, Bills, Jets. One of these teams who really like Wilson could trade into the bottom of round one to acquire him as well. He would be a steal in the second round because I have him graded as a top 15 pick.
Teams like the Chiefs, Jaguars or Raiders would be in great shape to land Wilson if they decide to go defense with their first round pick. Landing a potential franchise quarterback along with a solid defensive player would be seen as a very solid draft for any team.
The Bills have been linked to Tyler Wilson and will have him in for an official visit April 12. The Bills could select a wide receiver or a guard in the first round in hopes Wilson falls to them in the second round.
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