Tyler Wilson's Best Second-Round Fits in 2013 NFL Draft

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IApril 26, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 10:  Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After EJ Manuel was selected by the Buffalo Bills as the only quarterback to be drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, I think it's safe to say anything can happen in Round 2, including the drafting of Tyler Wilson.

Wilson threw for more than 3,300 yards and 21 TDs in 2012 for the Arkansas Razorbacks and completed 62 percent of his passes while throwing just 14 interceptions. Offensive line troubles and overall offensive depth prevented Wilson from putting up numbers like he did back in 2011 (3,638 yards, 24 TD and six interceptions).

The second round of the draft will see three teams that have immediate needs at the quarterback position.

Here they are, and here's why they should draft Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas.


No. 33: Jacksonville Jaguars

I think the Jacksonville Jaguars are a fit for Geno Smith to begin the second round, but it wouldn't surprise me if they selected Wilson with the No. 33 pick.

You can't tell me the Jaguars don't need a quarterback. Blaine Gabbert is coming off of an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and still hasn't made the transition to an NFL-type quarterback, posting a completion percentage of 53.8 for his career.

While Chad Henne may have served as a serviceable backup for Jacksonville last season, he's already proven in the past that he's not worthy of a starting job in the NFL.

Here's a look at how Gabbert and Henne's efforts panned out for the Jags' passing attack in 2012.

Category Production NFL Rank
Completions 328 T-18th
Yards 3,419 21st
Touchdowns 20 23rd
Interceptions 17 T-22nd 
Completion % 56 28th
QB Rating 74.7 28th


Wilson is the type of quarterback who can manage the run game with Maurice Jones-Drew and make smart throws. If the Jaguars went out and got him a couple of solid wide receivers, they'd be in better shape for the 2013 season.


No. 38: Arizona Cardinals

Despite the acquisition of Carson Palmer, I still think the Arizona Cardinals need to strengthen the quarterback position.

Palmer played in only 10 games last season because of injury, and even when he was healthy, it was clear to see that Palmer's career is on the decline. 

Even if Arizona views Palmer as its starter for the next few seasons, it'd be wise to get a QB to replace the 33-year-old when his time is up. The Cardinals' quarterback position was an absolute circus in 2012 and Brian Hoyer, Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton don't exactly appear to be QBs of the future.

The Cardinals already strengthened the offensive line with their first-round pick of Jonathan Cooper—now it's time to go out and get a quarterback who could make Larry Fitzgerald want to spend more time in Arizona.


No. 39: New York Jets

If you think Mark Sanchez is the answer at quarterback for the New York Jets' future, you need to go back and look at his numbers from 2012.

Instead of going forward as his young career progresses, Sanchez has done nothing but continue to show that he's not the right fit for the Jets, highlighting the need for a quarterback like Wilson.

Let's take a quick peek at how the Jets' passing offense stacked up last season.

Category Production NFL Rank
Completions 272 31st
Yards 2,891 30th
Touchdowns 14 29th
Interceptions 19 T-28th 
Completion % 55.2 30th
QB Rating 68.3 30th


Wilson is a sound pocket passer who stands tall and isn't afraid to take a big hit—something he may have to get used to playing for the Jets. The 6'2" QB is also somewhat of a gunslinger, even drawing comparisons to Brett Favre (via NFL.com).

Am I saying Tyler Wilson will be the next Brett Favre? Certainly not.

What I am saying is that the Jets have a need at quarterback and Wilson fits their needs and the position they're drafting in.


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