Class: Senior, 6'2", 218 pounds
Projected Round: 1
As the draft nears, quarterback value is often inflated. Desperation trumps value, reward outweighs risk and general managers blow on the dice.
In all likelihood, history will repeat itself in 2013, and Tyler Wilson will be the beneficiary.
Wilson has stared at more adversity this season than any other quarterback prospect. His head coach, Bobby Petrino, was fired. On top of that, Wilson lost a trio of receiving threats and left the second game of this season (ESPN) with concussion-like symptoms (subsequently missing Arkansas' contest against Alabama).
The gunslinger has all of the tools required to be a successful NFL quarterback. His arm is a cannon and footballs are his ammunition. He has repeatedly testified to the fact that he is willing to take a hit for the sake of a better throw. Wilson's also mobile enough to prolong plays with his feet outside of the pocket.
However, inconsistent play has marred him this year, and it's partially due to a lack of on-field discipline. At times, an overconfident arm tries to defy the odds and pinpoint passes that have little room for error. The senior, at times, also tends to get lazy with his mechanics while under duress.
All of Wilson's flaws are correctable. If he finishes this season in the same fashion as he did 2011, he could easily be a top-10 pick. If inconsistencies continue to haunt him, Wilson won't get the call until the latter half of the first round.