After a solid 2011 season, many believed Tyler Wilson was the front-runner to be the first quarterback taken or even the top pick in the 2013 draft.
Unfortunately, he labored through an unmitigated disaster this year at Arkansas under John L. Smith. His offensive line was downright atrocious, and he was hindered more than he was helped by his receivers.
All the raw tools are there—Wilson is 6'3'', stands tall and assertively in the pocket and isn't afraid to make any throw. His arm strength is great but not stunning, and he has vast experience in a traditional, pro-style offense.
However, he has a little Matthew Stafford to him in that his footwork, delivery and balance often goes out the window when he's pressured, which can lead to wobbly, inaccurate floaters. Also, his decision-making regressed in 2012—a red flag.
But due to a rather strong arm, the Razorback signal-caller, much like Stafford, can get away with an off-balance throw from time to time.
His most attractive attribute is his acumen in the pocket, but he also can get out and run to pick up yardage when protection breaks down.
Despite Wilson being well-schooled in climbing in the pocket to avoid the rush, he doesn't have tremendous awareness when attempting to elude defenders.
With the right coach, Tyler Wilson can become a borderline elite quarterback at the next level.