Tyler Wilson's NFL potential

After a rough year, has the Arkansas QB been exposed?

Originally Published: April 8, 2013
By Jon Gruden | ESPN Insider

For the Jon Gruden QB Camp series, we wanted Insiders to see a little more. So we dispatched ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas to Tampa, Fla., to sit in with the coach and squeeze out a little more insight. This is what Pat learned.

The evaluations I'm seeing on Tyler Wilson make it pretty clear that he took a step back in 2012. A guy everyone was talking about as a potential first-round prospect had he entered the draft last year is now projected to go nowhere near that range in a few weeks. So after I watched the tape and got to work with Wilson myself, the question I'm asked is what we attribute that "step back" to.

Did Wilson hit his ceiling in 2011 and come back to reality in 2012? As I watch him, I'm not so sure.

Wilson, not even two years ago, was a Cotton Bowl champion. He was one of the few Arkansas Razorbacks quarterbacks ever to do that. He was coming off a season where he completes 63 percent of throws, has 24 TD passes and just six picks, throws for 280 yards a game and -- as I noted -- the future seems tied to Round 1. Since then, I think he's one of the big stories of adversity in college football, right there with South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. For Lattimore, it was an injury; for Wilson, it was any sense of familiarity.

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