Tyler Wilson: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Arkansas QB
One quarterback prospect who hasn't gotten much love this draft season is Tyler Wilson.
The Arkansas product hasn't done much to set himself apart, and his senior season left something to be desired. But he very well could be the second quarterback off the board, assuming Geno Smith is indeed the first.
Here are five things you need to know about him.
Matt Miller Breaks Down Tyler Wilson
Full Name: James Tyler Wilson
Birthday: August 16, 1989
Hometown: Greenwood, Arkansas
Year: Senior (redshirt)
Major: Sports Management
Wilson was prolific during high school, completing 62 percent of his passes before he even hit college. He threw 50 touchdowns as a junior and 42 as a senior, mind-boggling numbers at that level.
He chose to stay close to home over other prominent schools, including Nebraska and Missouri.
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Wilson was stuck behind Ryan Mallett for three of his five years in college. He also had to deal with a coaching change as Bobby Petrino was forced out.
As such, his overall numbers aren't spectacular.
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Weight: 215 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 3/8"
Hand Size: 8 3/4"
40-yard dash: 4.95 seconds
Broad jump: 112.0 inches
Vertical jump: 28.5 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.22 seconds
About the most notable thing Tyler Wilson did at the combine was measure in with small hands. His hands came in at less than nine inches, smallest in the quarterback class.
Small hands could be a factor in future fumbling issues.
Bumps in the Road
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Tyler Wilson hasn't had the easiest time getting here.
He was stuck behind Ryan Mallett until his redshirt junior season in 2011. He had a great season and was poised to challenge all comers for the top spot in the 2012 draft. Then Bobby Petrino happened.
Petrino was ultimately fired for a scandal, which short-circuited Wilson's senior season. He was no longer playing under an offensive mastermind, and it showed.
Unlike many of his peers, Wilson's numbers took a dip last year. It could lead to an NFL team getting a steal.
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It is tough to gauge Tyler Wilson's draft stock right now. The quarterback position is weak, according to consensus, and he is in the middle of that pack. Here is what Twitter has to say about him:
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 30, 2012
I love Arkansas' chances of winning nationaltitle - and Tyler Wilson's of winning Heisman - b/c Ala@Ark Sept. 15 and LSU@Ark Nov. 23.
If Tyler Wilson somehow falls, as some expect, he would be an excellent mid-round QB for the Chiefs. Also liking Matt Scott.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 27, 2013
Also watched Tyler Wilson's episode. Good stuff. The QB mentioned footwork as the biggest area of improvement when we chatted at the Sr Bowl— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 10, 2013
To recap a bit on my previous thoughts on Tyler Wilson: Tough kid. Short memory. Solid arm. Inconsistent accuracy. Ball placement concerning
— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) April 7, 2013