Scouting Notes: Tyler Wilson vs. LSU

January 16th, 2013
Tyler Wilson

How did Tyler Wilson fare against one of the top defenses in the SEC? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Ryan Alfieri, Editor

With the 9th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Jets are going to be in the market for some of the top quarterbacks in this year’s class. Here, we take a look at Arkansas’s Tyler Wilson against LSU in 2012.

Wilson has a chance to be picked first overall, but there are no givens with this year’s uncertain group of passers. If Wilson begins to slide, the Jets could be in play for the SEC product.

Notes:

-Throws off his back shoulder.
- Bit of a windup on his release.
- Strong-armed throw outside the numbers, precise ball location.
- Seems to be making only one read before tucking and running.
- Poor decision and throw off his back foot on play action. Also did not step into the throw.
- Very strong thrower when he steps into his throw. Appears to “guess” on deep throws and throws that involve touch.
- Tends to throw sidearm on short and intermediate throws.
- Misses open touchdown because he made a predetermined throw, leading to an incompletion.
- Does a nice job climbing the pocket to get off a checkdown.
- Continues to step away from pressure, not keeping his eyes downfield.
- Excels in ball placement when throws are defined.
- Struggles to keep his eyes downfield under pressure.
- Beats man coverage on a perfect touch pass over defender – still showing mechanical issues, however.
- Willing to run, but not athletic.
- Makes a terrific throw under duress of his back foot. Plenty of arm strength.
- Has trouble reading safety play, forcing pass into Cover 2 coverage.
- Starts to shorten up his release as the game wears on.
- Clearly more comfortable making throws in the middle of the field than outside, which is in part due to the volume of crossing patterns in Arkansas’ offense.

Summary:

Against a good LSU defense, this was a rather disappointing performance from Tyler Wilson. He stuck me as a one-read quarterback that decided where he was going to go with the ball before the snap. If that throw was not there, he was either going to tuck it away or force a checkdown. He left a lot of plays on the field that probably cost his team the game. Most of the big plays Arkansas generated were because of scheme with wide open receivers, rather than Wilson making a handful of stick throws.

That said, he does throw a nice ball that has plenty of RPMs. When the throw is defined and he has time, he can deliver the ball with excellent ball placement.

This is just one game against one of the best defenses in college football, but this was not an encouraging performance by a player that has a chance to be picked first overall.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, arkansas, Tyler Wilson

4 Responses to “Scouting Notes: Tyler Wilson vs. LSU”

  1. MarcS says:

    Great analysis. I’m a big Wilson fan, mainly for his ability to drive the ball (but like you said only when he steps into throws) with terrific arm strength. I also really like his fiery nature, and willingness to hang in the pocket and take a beating without being phased.

    He is definitely far from a finished product and is a “project” but the arm strength and competitiveness that you can’t teach are there in spades.

  2. JetOrange says:

    Razorbacks were 4-8, Wilson is not going to be a Franchise QB


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