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2013 NFL Draft: Tennessee Quarterback Tyler Bray

February 5th, 2013 at 11:09 PM
By Donald Lappe

Tyler Bray of Tennessee is one prospect who will likely go earlier than projected, and this is because one of the 32 NFL teams is bound to fall in love with his physical talent (just watch him throw in the video below) and hope to groom him as a great starting quarterback. Tyler Bray just might shoot up the board after his pro day and the NFL Combine, where he will have the chance to show off his elite arm strength. Teams will drool all over themselves when they see him throw live. But does Tyler Bray have the mental fortitude to make it in the NFL?

Tyler Bray is a scary prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft. His size of 6'6" and 215 pounds and his arm strength are what scouts' dreams are made of. The term "scary" is also appropriate because his maturity issues are forerunners of a potential nightmare on the hands of the team that drafts him this April. It's not a good thing when the name most often used as a comparison is Ryan Leaf.

Tyler Bray is compared to Ryan Leaf because he has enormous physical talent and potential, but he also has a streak of immaturity that haunted him throughout his collegiate career. He's not exactly polished as a passer, but Tyler Bray shows flashes of greatness. He can make throws that over half of the quarterbacks currently starting in the NFL cannot. But he also makes decisions that will make some teams want to cross him off the list completely.

Purely on the field, Tyler bray does have some areas to work on. His footwork is inconsistent, which he can sometimes cover up with his bug arm, but he will need to work hard at improving his feet in order to excel in the NFL. When watching Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, one of the most important parts of their game is how quickly they get into their drop and into the throwing position. It will take some effort and coaching, but if Tyler Bray can improve that area of his game, he will be able to capitalize on his arm strength even more. Accuracy has also been an issue in the past, but Bray has improved in that area and should continue to do so.

Beyond the field, there are some big questions. Tyler Bray was in court last summer for reckless operation of a watercraft after purposely driving a jet ski close to swimmers. He was also caught throwing beer bottles at parked cars near his apartment last season, where he was spotted by a neighbor whose windshield happened to be broken after she reported the incident. Those incidents will have teams wondering if they can feel confident with Tyler Bray as the future leader of their franchise.

Round two seems to be where Tyler Bray will go. The questions will keep him out of round one, but there is just too much talent for him to wait around long on day two to be drafted. Some team needing a quarterback will see a boatload of potential, and they willing to give him a shot.


Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, NFL, NFL Draft, Ryan Leaf, Tennessee, Tyler Bray

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