Draft Central is a new edition to the fantasy mock website. I’m going to post prospects throughout the whole pre-draft process and give some analysis of each player and whether or not they’d be a good fit in Buffalo. Please chime in with your analysis and opinion of the players as well.
I’m going to start off with the most intriguing position in football and that Quarterback. All the talk about Buddy Nix telling us he wants a QB and new coaching staff in place I think a QB is a great place to start…
Here’s my list of top QB’s in this years draft:
1. Geno Smith
2. Tyler Wilson
3. Mike Glennon
4. Matt Barkley
5. Ryan Nassib
I’m going to start with Tyler Wilson only because I think Smith is long gone before we pick.
Tyler Wilson needed a very strong senior year to be considered a first round QB this year, and he didn’t produce. In my opinion this is all not his fault. Coming off of a very impressive Junior year which had him toss 24 TD’ to 6 INT’s the sky was the limit for the Razorback QB. Upon arriving for his senior campaign, Wilson had to play under a new coaching staff, and a new scheme, which is hard enough for even the most seasoned NFL veterans. To add more salt to the wound, 3 of Wilson’s Wide Receivers from his Jr. year were gone. So throwing 3,400 yards 21 TD’s with a 62 Comp % with new coaching staff and scheme and all new targets in the SEC is very admirable if you ask me. The other reason I have him ahead of the others is because of his toughness. Mel Kiper recently stated that he is as tough as nails. He has a Linebacker mentality, that he stares down the barrel of a gun and can make good decision and accurate throws. Kiper also went on to compare his toughness to that of Jim Kelly.
Now just have a listen to the cli below. THis is a leader of men, a man taking responsibility for his and his teams actions. This is something the Bills have been lacking for quite sometime now. I love his passion and his fire. This is the type of person you want leading your franchise into battle.
Accuracy: Tyler Wilson’s accuracy is spotty. His accuracy issues come down the field and the problem is a double-edged sword. First, Wilson has been consistently pressured this season causing him to develop poor mechanics from the feet up. Second, he has had a tendency to throw of his back foot throughout college. In 2011, when he was very solid overall, he missed due to balance issues. Wilson should benefit from a QB coach during the pre-draft process and needs a strong Senior Bowl performance to prove he has the accuracy to be a top pick.
Throwing Mechanics: Wilson’s mechanics from the waist to the arm are great. He has a tight, quick delivery and gets good elbow extension allowing for a tight, catchable ball. His problems with mechanics are at the feet. He, too often, throws off balance. He will get lazy with his lower half relying on his upper body to do all the work. This is an area that needs improvement as it will help accuracy issues.
Mobility/Athleticism: Wilson is a sneaky athlete that can climb the pocket and also take off and gain yardage if and when needed. I think this a major strength for Wilson as he doesn’t need to have a clean pocket to make plays.
Intangibles/Character: This is an area of strength for Wilson. Wilson is as tough as they come and is mentally capable of comprehending complex systems. Wilson is capable of garnering support of a veteran locker room with his toughness and willingness to work. Wilson has been noted as a film junkie that is well respected by coaches and teammates.
Overall: Tyler Wilson doesn’t possess all the physical tools of a prototypical elite NFL QB. What he lacks in physical tools he makes up for with his intangibles. The guy is as tough as they come and showed the mental toughness to persevere through a tough time at Arkansas. Clearly, the Bobby Petrino scandal didn’t do any favors for Wilson’s draft stock but he showed the moxie to battle through a new coaching staff and lack of weapons around him. Wilson played from the shotgun for most of his time at Arkansas but has the foot skills to excel under center in an NFL system. Wilson is a guy that will rank outside round one for me but could go in the first round because of positional value. nflfutures.com