New to NFLSpinZone.com is the latest feature, “Scout’s Corner.”
Every week on Tuesday and Thursday, we will focus on one of the draft eligible prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. At season’s end, we will have compiled a healthy stockpile of scouting reports for you all to use as you gear up for the draft. Scout’s Corner will feature in-depth scouting report that will be updated with regularity. You will be able to find all of the scouting reports in one spot by just CLICKING HERE.
If you would like to request a scouting report, simply send a reply to me on Twitter at @jnsanchez.
Today, we look at another top quarterback prospect in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft class — Arkansas Tyler Wilson. Last season, Wilson become the first quarterback in Razorbacks history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback.
Wilson holds nine Arkansas school records, including a very big one in the eyes of NFL scouts — career completion percentage. He could have been a top signal-caller in the 2012 draft, but decided to return for his senior season.
NOTE: All measurables taken from Wilson’s athletic bio.
Strengths: Wilson is excellent in the pocket and has displayed superb decision making skills. With another year to grow, Wilson’s ability to read the defense will only get more and more impressive. Wilson not only has the accuracy as evidenced by his school record in completion percentage, but he also posses a strong arm and can make all of the big league throws.
A sneaky part of Wilson’s game is his deceptive athleticism. He will not blow you away with his numbers, but he will be able to do enough to keep the play alive and he has shown a strong ability to throw the ball off his back foot and on the run.
When in the pocket, Wilson will stand tall and is not afraid to take a hit from the defender in order to step into his throw. His toughness rubs off on his teammates and speaks volumes about his leadership.
Weaknesses: The biggest thing Wilson needs to prove this season is that he will be able to step up in the big games. Last season, he struggled in two of Arkansas biggest games of the season — LSU and Alabama.
Wilson will also have to show that he was not a product of his coach, Bobby Petrino, and his star class of wide receivers. He loses his coach and top three wide receivers from last season, so it is a perfect opportunity for Wilson to put any doubt to rest.
Overview: Wilson enters the year as what looks to be a surefire first-round pick at quarterback. Worst case scenario if he continues to play up to his talent, Wilson would be the third quarterback selected behind Logan Thomas and Matt Barkley. Of course, another year of game film can change all of that.
There is plenty of room for Wilson to grow and he needs to seize the moment and prove he is worthy of a first-round selection. He will be under the microscope this season and, if he struggles, he could end up falling into the mid-rounds.