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2013 NFL Draft Profile: Tyler Wilson

Count today’s draft profile of Tyler Wilson as one of the harder assessments I’ve ever made. His heart, character, compete level and relentless leadership made the evaluation process ever so difficult. It’s hard not to get behind a likable guy; just look at the way Tim Tebow’s convinced millions he’s a quarterback.

In Tyler Wilson I see one of the toughest quarterbacks in this year’s class. He walks the fine line placed between braveness and stupidity with such regularity that he’s sure to add many a grey hair to the coach of whichever team winds up drafting him. The audacity. To go along with all these intangibles Wilson possesses great accuracy and is deceptively mobile. When he’s not trying to be the hero, and plays within himself and his system, he also has great pocket presence.

Once you get past the intangibles though and take off the blinders there are plenty of flaws to Wilson’s game. His arm-strength is suspect at best and he doesn’t have great height or build for somebody who is so willing to take a hit. At 6’2 he’s not exactly “diminutive”, but by that same token it should be the first clue mother nature sent his way that throwing away the football can be a good thing.

Wilson’s mechanics also leave much to be desired. One of the more frequent critiques of Wilson’s game is his footwork. It’s often very sloppy and that in combination with his sometimes awkward release lead to his missing a lot of easily completable passes.

The Goods

Has great accuracy.

Good mental makeup.

Underrated mobility.

Has good pocket presence.

Is willing to stand in the pocket and take a hit to make a throw.

Toughness that others can only dream of having.

Good ball security.

The Not so Goods

Misses a lot of easy throws.

Takes far too many hits.

Doesn’t have the desired amount of arm-strength.

Concerns about career longevity at the next level.

Poor mechanics.

Doesn’t throw the ball away as often as he should.

Takes many a risk.

The Verdict: I’m a lot higher on Wilson than most people. A lot of the issues with his game are correctable after a year or two of development with an NFL coach, and shouldn’t scare teams from him. Wilson possesses a lot of the necessary abilities to succeed as an NFL quarterback that you can’t teach and surely something has to be said for that. I see Wilson becoming a starter at some point in his NFL career.

Where he should be drafted: Third round.

Where he will be drafted: Somewhere after the fourth.

Ideal Fits: Kansas City, Miami

Comparables: Jay Cutler

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