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Tyler Wilson | Quarterback

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220

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Raiders selected Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick.
Wilson (6-foot-2 1/8, 215) succeeded Ryan Mallett and started for two seasons, looking like the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2011 before regressing in 2012 as Arkansas' program fell apart. He finished with a career completion rate of 62.6 and a 52:26 TD-to-INT ratio. Wilson's accuracy can be scattershot and his arm strength isn't overwhelming, but he is the toughest pocket passer in this draft and loves to challenge defenses vertically. He's a gunslinger with good mobility. Current Raiders starter Matt Flynn could lose his spot to a rookie named Wilson for the second year in a row. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:58:00 PM

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The Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei was told by a scout that Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is the "safest best of all" quarterbacks this year.

"Wilson combines good footwork with a quick arm to make a lot of plays," Pompei writes. "His accuracy is up and down, and he has a bit of a gunslinger mentality. He has drawn comparisons to Tony Romo. Wilson has escapability, toughness and some of the "it" factor. "I think he's the safest bet of all of them," one scout said. "He's the one guy who reads defenses." His arm strength is average, at best. He makes good decisions and competes hard. He is shorter than ideal."
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 10:34:00 AM

One NFL offensive coach told Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl that the top eight QBs selected in the 2012 Draft might all be better than the QB prospects in the 2013 class.

The coach said an argument could be made, which would include Brock Osweiler and Kirk Cousins. "Obviously some hindsight involved there," Weidl tweeted. "But it just goes to show the differing and wide variety of opinions on this years' QB class." We think this class would fall in line after the four quarterbacks who have proven themselves most form 2012.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 01:13:00 PM's Charles Davis thinks Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is better than Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.

"I know a lot of people really like Ryan Nassib, I like Tyler Wilson better... I don't think either one of them has an elite gun but I've always liked what Tyler Wilson brought to the table. I like his competitiveness, I like his consistency, I think he's a better overall thrower," Davis said. He added he expects Wilson to go no later than the third round but he's "not sure" he becomes a full-time starter in the NFL. Davis also compared Wilson to Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 06:47:00 PM

The Buffalo Bills attended Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson's pro day on Friday.

The Bills have shown interest in all of the quarterbacks this off-season and are bound to select one after cutting former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this off-season. "I think now is the time for us," General Manager Buddy Nix said. "You’re trying harder to make sure that you know every little thing. We’re turning over every stone to make sure we know all there is to know possibly about these players."
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 06:27:00 PM

QB guru Chris Weinke says Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is the toughest player he's ever seen.

"Watching his film, he's the toughest guy I've ever watched," Weinke said. "Nobody has taken as many hits and come back to make plays as he has," he replied. Wilson was sacked 14 times last season behind a disastrous offensive line. Despite a down season, Wilson believes he should be a first-round pick.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 04:55:00 PM

Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson believes he is worthy of a first-round selection

"I know where I stack up and a number of things I can bring an NFL team," Wilson said. "I think I’m worthy." Wilson then went on to evaluate his own game, stating "My natural ability to throw the ball has always been my signature. But it’s also my ability to move around a little bit and buy myself some time to make throws other guys wouldn't make because I’m tough and will hang in there a little longer, and I can make throws while I’m being pressured."
Source: USA Today
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 11:30:00 AM

"Several teams" have a third-round grade on Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Apparently teams are concerned with Wilson’s small hands, which measured 8 and 5/8" at the Senior Bowl, and some teams cut off quarterbacks with hands smaller than nine inches. "Scouts point out the way the pass flutters upon release in his game film as proof he’s squeezing the ball too much due to small hands," Pauline writes. We think his footwork and base is more to blame than the small hands.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Citing sources close to the situation, draft insider Tony Pauline says Arkansas' Tyler Wilson "looks the sharpest in workouts" among all IMG academy QBs.

West Virginia's Geno Smith, Miami (OH)'s Zac Dysert, and USC's Matt Barkley are the other three passers at IMG. The latter likely just started throwing after recovering from a right shoulder injury. It is still unclear how many in the group will actually throw at the Combine.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 08:42:00 AM

During a radio interview, Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is obviously "not the number one pick in the draft."

Savage then added that the "second round (is) likely" where Wilson will end up. Again, no quarterbacks separated themselves during Senior Bowl week, each showing the positives and negatives that were apparent on tape. Wilson needs to work on his footwork when stepping into throws, which will in turn keep his vertical targets from fluttering.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Draft analyst Tony Pauline believes Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson's arm is too weak to fit a vertical passing offense.

Pauline notes Wilson "was very effective in the short and intermediate field but proved he does not have the arm strength" to consistently stretch the field. The Razorback has been working on his footwork to generate more velocity in an effort to throw a tighter spiral.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Arkansas' Tyler Wilson was given the Senior Bowl practice award for QBs.

The practice awards were selected by a panel of NFL scouts and executives in attendance. Wilson benefited from working alongside Landry Jones and E.J. Manuel after struggling this season on a dysfunctional Arkansas team. The senior admitted to ducking his shoulder on a few passes, which forced the ball to flutter, but Wilson is unafraid of contact in the pocket.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 10:17:00 AM

Bills GM Buddy Nix suggested that Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson's arm strength was affected in 2012 by taking so many hits.

"My thinking was he got kind of beat up during the year," said Nix. "They didn’t have great protection for him, he took a lot of licks. From watching him at the school his arm wasn’t that strong. But the two days I’ve watched him (at the Senior Bowl), he’s got a live arm. He’s got plenty of arm." Wilson's arm strength in 2012 did seem mediocre compared to what he put on tape in 2011.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 01:03:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock pointed to Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson as one player who capitalized on his Senior Bowl opportunity after a relatively disappointing senior season.

Mayock called Wilson perhaps the one quarterback generating the most "buzz" in Mobile this year. "We talked a little bit about Tyler Wilson's senior year, which was difficult, versus his junior year, which was superlative," Mayock said. "I think what we're seeing right now is that, given the opportunity to come out here with all that baggage gone, I think he's taken advantage of it. I think he's looked real good. ... Wilson's a guy I've heard a lot about this week at night from the coaches and scouts. Because he had such mixed reviews coming off the tough senior season. Came down here, spun it pretty effectively." It's a good sign that Wilson shined in live practices as a pure thrower of the ball. In-pocket toughness -- not tested in the Senior Bowl atmosphere -- is his most impressive trait.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 02:26:00 PM

Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson measured in at 6'2 and 1/8ths of an inch during Senior Bowl weigh-ins.

WIlson also tipped the scale at 218 pounds. Some had suggested the Razorback would measure in below the desired 6-foot-2 mark, but obviously this was a non-issue. Wilson will be competing next to Landry Jones and E.J. Manuel in practice.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 12:10:00 PM