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Photograph of Tyler Wilson from 2010 Spring Pr...

Photograph of Tyler Wilson from 2010 Spring Practice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two years ago Tyler Wilson had very high expectations to continue the success that the University of Arkansas had. After all, he was replacing Ryan Mallett, and his head coach was Bobby Petrino, who had previous been at Louisville and developed QB’s like Chris Redman and Brian Brohm.

For starters, he was an accomplished HS star in the State of Arkansas winning two consecutive state titles. Like a good hometown kid he went to Arkansas shortly after the Darren McFadden era.

Wilson was left in charge of an offense that was truly wealthy in talent on the perimeter. WR’s like Greg Childs, return-ace Joe Adams, Cobi Hamilton, and 2012 Minnesota Vikings breakout rookie Jarius Wright. At TE he had ALL-SEC man DJ Williams who’s a remarkable story with just himself and in the backfield until his knee injury was Knile Davis.

Wilson led the team to an 11-2 (6-2) record. his biggest games as a junior and probably in his career at Arkansas were against Texas A&M, Auburn, Mississippi State, and in the Cotton Bowl against Kansas State.  Overall his junior yr. was amazing; He threw for 3,638 yards 24TD and only 6INT’s.

Even before the Bobby Petrino scandal last April where he was fired for an inappropriate relationship with a secretary, the team wasn’t in a good spot heading into the 2012 season although ranked #8 in the preseason. On top of an interim coach in John L. Smith which in my eyes was a poor hire, they lost Greg Childs, DJ Williams, Jarius Wright, and Joe Adams. That’s probably over 85% of their receiving yards.

The Arkansas Razorbacks went 4-8 (2-6) record. With the poor record Tyler Wilson still put up decent numbers. He put up 3,387 yards passing, 21TD 13INT. He had a concussion vs. UL Monroe in a loss 34-31 in OT. I felt if Wilson didn’t get hurt they win that game and maybe they would’ve been bowl eligible, something about Arkansas after that game that shows they quit on Coach Smith.

Wilson throws the ball very well, he showed that his junior and senior yr. with different receivers. But he throws a lot to his right; I call it the “Michael Felger” rule he used as a case that Joe Flacco wasn’t a good QB. Some compare Wilson to Brett Favre; I on the other hand compare him to a Matt Schaub because like Schaub he doesn’t show the ability to go vertical, and like Schaub he only throws right.

Wilson in some minds could go in the top-10, I feel in a normal draft yr, he would go in the 3rd-4th round because of the fact he was not better than Foles, Wilson, Luck, Griffin III etc. Regardless it is best for him to be a back-up in a place like Dallas because he can sit behind Tony Romo before they give him the boot or in Chicago where Jay Cutler may be down to his last year there. This kid is not ready to be a starter in the NFL.