Coming from the SEC, Wilson was constantly challenged in college football's toughest conference. At the same time, it's a conference overrun by stellar defenses, which will reduce any signal-callers' overall production.
As for Wilson's draft stock, it has not seen a significant change since the 2012 season finished. To that end, let's break down the former Razorback and see where he winds up this weekend.
Mechanics (Everything from Arm Strength, Accuracy, Footwork and Release)
Wilson supplies one impressively strong arm, consistent accuracy and the footwork to set up in the pocket.
If anything, a much quicker release is needed to take his overall mechanics to another level.
The arm strength, however, is there to connect on every NFL throw.
Mesh that with the marksmanship to split Cover 2 safeties and zoning linebackers, and Wilson brings the capability to spread the field. And the zip he puts on the rock is a disadvantage to the defense because it reduces the reactionary time when attempting to break up the pass or generate a turnover.
What's even more solid here is setting up from under center. Despite most of Wilson's snaps coming from shotgun, he has displayed a good transition to pro-style formations.
Mobility (In and Out of the Pocket)
Measuring at 6'2" and 215 pounds, Wilson offers good mobility to the position when needed.
For quarterback bootlegs, waggles or any play-fakes, Wilson has the quick feet to roll out and get a defense moving. This is quite appealing because when you combine that with a strong arm, the deep ball becomes a greater threat.
From within the pocket he has decent mobility. But the quicker defensive linemen will make plays and Wilson's reactionary skills must keep improving. Although it's tough to react in the pocket while also keeping eyes downfield, the NFL's better quarterbacks have this instinct.
Wilson must follow suit to reach that level.
Awareness (Pre-Snap, from the Pocket, Patience and Overall Decision-Making)
Wilson's overall awareness is rather decent.
He'll make quick reads, deliver with dependable accuracy and prevent the defense from having time to get pressure. A major concern is simply not taking enough snaps from under center or making consistent pre-snap reads.
Although Wilson proved he could survey nicely from the pocket and make good decisions, defenses were able to disguise coverage for turnover opportunities. Fortunately, Wilson does possess patience when sitting between the tackles and isn't afraid to attack downfield.
He established the ability to look off a safety, step into a throw when getting clocked and didn't rely on one main receiving target. Gaining more experience under center will simply assist his development by expanding the play sheet.
When a quarterback takes so many snaps from the shotgun, the offensive playbook is limited. Whether it's a run or pass, only so many variations can be executed when the quarterback is not in a pro-style set.
By the Numbers
Putting together 2011 and 2012, Wilson racked up 7,025 passing yards and tossed 45 touchdowns to 19 picks.
He also sported a 62.6 completion percentage.
Obviously these were inflated because of the offensive system, but that's a rather low number of interceptions considering Wilson's number of attempts during those two seasons (839).
Summary and Projected Pick
Wilson's strong arm and proven confidence to challenge defenses in the secondary provides great potential.
With the mobility to make throws outside the tackle box or to stand tall in the pocket, Wilson has the eyes to spread the field and use every level. Obviously, taking the majority of his snaps from the shotgun is a concern because although the NFL is a passing league, an offense must still present the threat of a ground game.
And not possessing a fast release will telegraph some passes to the more experienced defenders.
In short, developing a quicker release will complete Wilson's mechanics because he already supplies good talent for stretching the field, as well as for taking advantage of anything underneath.
Projection: Round 3, No. 73 overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Before Wilson has any chance to start, he must develop experience in a pro-style offense. Tampa Bay needs a backup quarterback because neither Dan Orlovsky nor Adam Weber has the overall skill set that Wilson possesses.
His arm strength fits perfectly in the defensively suspect NFC South, not to mention the Buccaneers' ground game widens the window of opportunity to gain experience under center.
Josh Freeman is undoubtedly the starter. However, for just-in-case purposes, drafting Wilson keeps the passing game relevant should he be needed.