Tyler Wilson had lots of upside following the 2011 season at Arkansas. The Razorbacks had won 11 games he was named first team All-SEC. Than everything in Arkansas got chaotic following Bobby Petrino’s exit. Wilson was forced to learn a new offensive scheme and wasn’t quite able to put up the same numbers.
But he never complained, and if he is a product of the system failing him. He could potentially be a steal in the draft if he slips into the mid rounds.
“Any player that is in this thing wants to go as high as they possibly can, but also it’s the situation,” Wilson said on ESPN Radio, via Sports Radio Interviews. “There are the Russell Wilsons of the world that went in the third round and find themselves in a very productive situation now. We will see. Somewhere hopefully in the first three rounds.”
But he isn’t downplaying the significance of the 2012 campaign and is trying to find the positives or silver linings if you will.
“I think coming off a year with 11 wins, tied a school record, there are so many expectations moving forward in the state of Arkansas. ‘This team has a chance to win a national championship.’ Then you go through all that adversity of the coaching staff and then of injuries and it’s a test of your character. How bad do you want to play this game? For me, it was wake up everyday and give everybody else a goal that might be a little different than we first anticipated, but how do we win this week and how do we become successful? I think that is a test of who you are and helped me down the road for sure.”
And he knows what he can bring to a team willing to draft him.
“I think a natural ability to throw the football. Competitiveness. I think when I step into the huddle, I think people understand I can help us move the football down the football field.”