Tyler Wilson: Poor Combine Numbers Prove QB Isn't Worth 1st-Round Pick

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IFebruary 24, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 23:  Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks throws a pass against the LSU Tigers at Razorback Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 20-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Tyler Wilson didn't help his cause at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, posting underwhelming numbers in drills and failing to stand out as a passer in the field drills.

Before the combine, I had Wilson as a fringe first-round pick. He has a strong arm and possesses excellent leadership abilities, but after watching him lumber around on the field at the combine, it's clear to me that he's a second-round quarterback.

Wilson ran a 4.95-second 40-yard dash on Sunday. He was slower than Mike Glennon—a player nobody expected to run fast—who ran it in 4.94 seconds. 

Furthermore, Wilson's vertical jump of 28.5 inches was the second-worst of all quarterbacks, and his broad jump of 112 inches put him in seventh place among his peers.

Athleticism isn't everything when evaluating quarterbacks. Joe Montana, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have proven that fact time and time again. 

That said, in today's NFL it does count for something—especially when considering quarterbacks with less-than-ideal traits as a passer.

And that's just what we find when scouting Wilson. 

While Wilson certainly possesses a strong enough arm to make all the throws, he struggles with accuracy and displays alarmingly poor judgement far too often (13 interceptions in 2012). 

His deep passes have a tendency to float a bit, which may be due to the fact that Wilson has rather small hands for a quarterback, at 8.625 inches. Wilson also displays wildly inconsistent mechanics, which is the root cause for his accuracy issues.

After a 2012 season that saw Wilson regress as a passer, he's done little to improve his draft stock at the Senior Bowl and now at the combine.

Wilson may end up becoming a competent NFL quarterback, and there's always a chance he turns into a star. That said, he doesn't possess the raw physical tools to dominate the league like we saw Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson do last year.

Simply put, he's a second-round quarterback who isn't an explosive athlete, and he needs to refine his mechanics in order to realize his potential.


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