Wilson Shines At Pro Day
Updated: March 15, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tyler Wilson finally had an extended opportunity to show off the passing skills that made him one of the country's top collegiate quarterbacks.
Wilson completed 77 of 84 throws as representatives from all 32 NFL teams watched Arkansas' pro day on Friday. Six of Wilson's misses were on drops by receivers.
The orchestrated passing drill included 62 different routes and was intended to give scouts a closer look at the two-year starter for the Razorbacks, who also took part in last month's NFL combine in Indianapolis.
He threw to several of his former teammates, including wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, tight end Chris Gragg and running backs Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson — with all hoping to improve their draft position heading into April's NFL draft.
Wilson is considered one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft after earning All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors as a junior and throwing for an average of 307.9 yards per game last season. He let his other performances — including his 40-yard dash time of 4.95 seconds — stand from last month's combine on Friday, instead focusing on a detailed presentation of his passing ability.
"The combine is a tough representation," Wilson said. "... I threw the ball pretty well there. There some balls location-wise that could have been a little better. But this is a more accurate depiction of what you can do because these are the throws we threw in college. You're familiar with the receivers, you're familiar with the setting, and this is who you are."
The workout was scripted by former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, now the director of the IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Wilson has worked at the academy since December with Weinke and former Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach Terry Shea.
He only misfired on one attempt, a fade route to the corner of the end zone that sailed over Hamilton's head. The two immediately ran the route again, with no such problems the second time around, and Wilson spent much of his time afterward engaged in conversations on the field inside Arkansas' indoor workout facility.
"It was pretty cool," Wilson said. "I put a lot on my shoulders as far as I want to do well; I want to be selected high. But you've just got to be you at the end of the day and go to work and whatever happens, happens. I'm in a lucky situation where you just get to go to work and have a chance to play in the NFL."
Wilson said he did answer questions at the combine about his health, primarily about a concussion last season that forced him to miss Arkansas' 52-0 loss to Alabama. He also missed the second half of a game as a junior with what former coach Bobby Petrino called "concussion-like symptoms."
"It really was the only medical concern," Wilson said. "But it was relatively clean."
Wilson said his schedule over the next month includes visiting with NFL teams in Fayetteville and at the team's facilities. He also said he's only heard speculation about where he'll be picked in the draft, adding the approximate round is close to where he was told he might have been picked if he had come out after his junior season last year.
"I think I'm in a pretty good position," Wilson said. "I'm happy that I'm in the spot that I'm in."
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