2013 is setting up to be a big year for quarterbacks in the first round of the NFL draft. Matt Barkley has the pro-ready pedigree, Tyler Wilson has the arm and athleticism, and Logan Thomas has the dream set of tools. So what does Tyler Bray of Tennessee have that may make him worth a consideration early in the first round with these elite passing prospects?
Bray is a mantis-like 6'6" 215 lbs. Although his body type hasn't been the mold of too many starting NFL quarterbacks, the whip-like energy his springy, loose body generates sets Bray apart from the typical deliberate, stationary pocket passing long-limbed quarterback prospect. It allows him to put a lot of velocity and accuracy on passes that don't come out of ideal mechanics, such as this throw where Bray perceives pressure and doesn't shift his weight to his front foot:
Bray's most impressive tool besides his arm strength is his mental approach to the game. He sells the play-action fake well with crisp execution and the ability to quickly see the field and reset after turning his back to the defense. He calmly goes through his progressions and finds his checkdown on time.
Bray can see plays develop and lead his receivers to open spots on the field. In general, he has a great feel for the game and lets it come to him instead of forcing the issue or otherwise seeming out of sync. He is always playing calm, relaxed and under control, never exhibiting a sense of being rushed mentally or physically.