Tyler Bray | Quarterback | Tennessee | 6'6'', 215 pounds
2012 Stats: 59 percent completion percentage, 3,612 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, 12 interceptions
Tennessee's offense was one of the most frustrating units to watch this season. The talent level was through the roof. Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson were all on the NFL radar before the season even began
However, the trio was a bit inconsistent, and Bray, who was once thought to be a first round prospect, doesn't have much hope left to be picked on the draft's first night.
But the Tennessee's gunslinger is still a huge talent. His size is ideal for the position, provided he continues to bulk up, and his arm talent is the best in the draft. The issues are certainly there as well, but Bray could entice a team enough to come off the board on day two of the draft.
Bray's arm strength is without question his best asset. Put simply, he can make all of the throws. The ball flies out of his hand, and Bray is as impressive throwing the deep ball as he is at delivering a fast ball. His arm strength shines through in his ability to make throws from a number of different angles and throwing platforms. He doesn't necessarily need to step into a throw or be in a clean pocket to get the ball down the field in a hurry. Bray's deep ball is a sight to see. He can get the ball down field with accuracy, though he has proven to be a bit inconsistent in this area of his game. Still, Bray is able to put proper touch on his deep passes and make big plays.
At 6-feet-6-inches tall, Bray's height is exactly what NFL teams look for in a quarterback. He sees over the line of scrimmage easily, but his release point isn't quite as high as one would like to see from a quarterback of his stature. Despite being a bit skinny, Bray exhibits some toughness in the pocket. He's willing to stand in and take hits while getting rid of the football.
Among the most impressive qualities Bray shows is his willingness to take shots down the football field. He's fearless, which is something you can't really teach. His development hasn't quite been as quick as you would like to see, but Bray has improved his accuracy this season.
As talented as Bray is, the junior quarterback is quite rough around the edges. HIs footwork may be the biggest issue. Too often he throws off his back foot and doesn't have a ton of pocket awareness. He moves sloppily around the pocket at times and doesn't have a ton of escapability, instead relying on his ability to just fire the ball from all sorts of different body positions.
Bray's accuracy can also be spotty, though I do think he improved in this area. He's guilty of making some poor decisions and placing the ball in bad spots for his receivers. Needs to be more consistent with his footwork and the accuracy will follow.
Bray's release is also far from ideal. He has a bit of a windup to his delivery that will need to be cleaned up. Given his poor mobility, a quick release will be even more important. He holds the ball too low to begin with and needs to bring it up to speed up his delivery.
It's also worth noting that Bray may have some maturity issues after an off-the-field incident last summer. Personally, I have never spoken with Bray and won't make any comments regarding the kid's character or maturity. I won't try to judge him based on an isolated incident. He appears to be a solid leader and has handled the media well during his time at Tennessee.
Bray is far from a finished product, but in a quarterback class filled with question marks, his upside stands out from the bunch. He definitely has some work to do. How hard he works and the situation he lands in will determine the type of career he has. Will he be able to improve his footwork and speed up his delivery? Will be get a chance to develop for a year before being thrown to the wolves? We'll see. But his upside certainly warrants a day two selection.
Pro Comparision: A less athletic Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Bray obviously isn't the same prospect Stafford was coming out of Georgia. Stafford had put together more consistent games on tape and did enough to be taken No. 1 overall. What Bray and Stafford have in common, however, is a rocket for an arm and a noticeable lack of footwork to go with it. Bray also has a lack of athleticism and long release, though, which cause him to not live up to Stafford's skills. Bray reminds me of Stafford in his ability to throw from awkward body positions and arm angles, his willingness to take shots down the field and sometimes make poor decisions, and obviously, his huge arm.
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