It is perfectly understandable if any of you jumped from the opening slide to this one. After all, Tyler Bray is the best NFL prospect on this list. In fact, he has drawn comparisons to Peyton Manning with how good of a QB he has been for the Vols.
My heart dropped like a rock in my stomach when I watched Bray suffer a broken thumb in the Georgia game. Bray was projected to pass for nearly 34 touchdowns and 3,798 yards. Sure, some of those stats might be inflated by teams like Montana, but he has still performed just as well versus teams like Florida.
Even though he succumbed to injury, he still had 17 touchdowns to six interceptions. With two of the best receivers in the nation (and a backup cast that will surely break out next year), I see no reason why Tyler Bray cannot build on the success that he has been having. Next year just can't come soon enough for this team.
Bray is a top tier talent that has been projected as the No.1 pick in the 2014 draft. There is a reason for that. He already has the size (6'6", 210 pounds) and the arm strength that NFL teams gush over. But perhaps his most underrated skill is his intelligence on the field. This is where the Manning comparisons start. He is able to read defenses decently and make calls at the line of scrimmage. Any team looking for a pocket passer is going giddy over Bray.
Like all quarterbacks though, Bray has stuff to work on. His football IQ is decent, but still needs to be raised. It also wouldn't hurt if he could bulk up a little. Both of these can be fixed in the gym and video room.
It will be really exciting to see what the future holds for Tyler Bray and this Volunteer team.