Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas #8
Size/Athleticism: Adequate height. Well built, can stand in the pocket and take a hit. Decent athleticism. Not an elite threat with his legs, but can take off running and pick up some yards. Has proven to be a tough competitor and is willing to stand in the pocket and take hits.
Arm strength/Accuracy: Arm strength is very average. He can put adequate speed behind the ball when he has time to step into it, but he lacks the natural arm strength to consistently make the same throws when under pressure or on the run. Doesn’t have the strength to fire the ball into tight spots beyond 15-20 yards. He can get the ball downfield, but he tends to put more air under the throw than you’d like to see. Accuracy is adequate at the short and intermediate range, but gets shaky on his deeper throws.
Footwork/Release: Has a slightly awkward delivery. Takes a long windup and frequently takes an exaggerated step forward which alters his release angle. Footwork is shaky in the pocket. Pressure definitely gets to him and affects his delivery. He can move outside the pocket, but he struggles to keep his eyes down the field while moving within a closing pocket.
Decision making: Typically goes through his progressions methodically and remains patient in the pocket. Will get flustered by pressure at times, especially when his offensive line is struggling to protect him. Does his best to find a man downfield, but knows when to check down.
Intangibles: Developed into a team leader during his two years as the starter. Has plenty of experience against elite competition and played through adversity at Arkansas as a senior.
Durability: Missed time with a head injury as a senior.
Comments: Wilson has enough tools to be consider a potential future starter, but he’s very average across the board. He deserves credit for the toughness he showed at Arkansas and the shaky situation with his coaching staff during his senior year needs to be taken into consideration. However, it’s also worth noting that he played with four NFL-caliber receivers as a junior (Cobi Hamilton, Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs) which may have skewed the public perception of him during the 2011 season. With only Hamilton returning in 2012, Wilson’s progress stalled. The most concerning aspect of Wilson’s game is his limited arm strength. He masks it well by winding up and putting his whole body into the throw when given time, but he’ll be under pressure more frequently at the next level and he lacks the natural arm strength to make the necessary throws into tight windows. He may emerge as an average starter at some point during his career, but his upside is limited and he should not be drafted as a future franchise quarterback.
1. Defensive Tackle
The Carolina Panthers selected Sione Fua and Terrell McClain in the third round of the 2011 draft to solidify their interior line. McClain is now gone and Fua is coming off another disappointing year. The Panthers top priority this offseason needs to be to solve their issues up front on defense.
2. Wide Receiver
Steve Smith is still playing at a high level and Brandon LaFell was a solid contributor this year. But Cam Newton needs another weapon to help continue his development as a passer. In the second or third round the Panthers should consider bringing another receiver aboard.
3. Offensive line
Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil are still locked in to starting roles. And left guard Amini Silatolu will be given at least one more year to develop. But the right side of the line is a liability. Veteran guard Geoff Hangartner and right tackle Byron Bell could both be replaced this offseason.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been thin in the secondary for a few years. They added a major piece of the puzzle with Mark Barron last year, but they still need to upgrade the situation at cornerback. Eric Wright was overpaid last offseason and is now likely to be cut loose.
2. Inside Linebacker
2011 third-round pick Mason Foster has failed to develop and the Bucs could take advantage of a deep class of inside linebackers. Alec Ogletree and Kevin Minter could be first-round options.
3. Defensive tackle
Gerald McCoy is locked in as a starter as the three-technique, but the Bucs could use a nose tackle to plug in next to him. Brian Price failed to fill that hole. Roy Miller stepped in for Price and did an adequate job, but he’s a free agent and likely to be allowed to sign elsewhere.
1. Wide receiver
The Miami Dolphins have survived with Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, who have developed into quality second and third options. But Ryan Tanneshill needs a true No. 1 receiver to help him develop into the quarterback the Dolphins believe he can be. Ideally, the Dolphins can land a tall, outside receiver to complement Bess, who excels in the slot.
2. Defensive end
The Dolphins have been playing Jared Odrick out of position at defensive end when he would be better suited to play the three-technique tackle position. Cameron Wake is an elite pass rusher, but replacing Odrick with a more traditional end.
3. Offensive line
If Jake Long isn’t re-signed, this need jumps to No. 1. Jonathan Martin struggled as a rookie at right tackle and the Dolphins can’t afford to shift him to left tackle. In fact, they should probably consider a shift inside to guard.
Mike Glennon QB N.C. State #8
Size/Athleticism: Impressive height. Can stand tall in the pocket and easily see the whole field. Somewhat skinny, but has shown he can take some hits. Below average athleticism. Not a threat to run. A very awkward athlete who doesn’t have the fluid mobility to avoid the pass rusher or move well within the pocket. Does not look comfortable throwing on the run. When forced to move out of the pocket he struggles to quickly get his body into a throwing position.
Arm strength/Accuracy: Elite arm strength, can make any throw asked of him. Displays excellent touch on his passes when given time in the pocket. He has a rocket launcher arm, but but knows how to take something off to drop it in over coverage. Accuracy is adequate when he has time to set his feet and throw. But when pressured, his accuracy becomes shaky.
Footwork/Release: No issues when he has time to throw, but when pressured his mechanics break down. When pressured, his movements are awkward and he struggles making the adjustments to throw in tight spaces when he’s limited by bodies around him. He throws too many balls with unnecessary arm-angle adjustments and awkward foot positioning which almost always leads to inaccurate passes.
Decision making: Fairly developed in this area of the game. Shaky offensive line forced him to develop quick decision-making skills. He’s usually patient in the pocket and doesn’t panic at the first sign of pressure. He appears to be able to handle pre-snap reads without any issues, but he struggles to quickly pick up defensive adjustments after the snap.
Intangibles: Glennon comes across as an intelligent player who made noticeable strides during his two years as a starter. Older brother Sean played quarterback at Virginia Tech and spent time with the Vikings during the 2009 offseason.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Due to his raw skills Glennon has a very high ceiling, but it’s clear that it will take a lot of work to get there. Glennon’s lack of mobility, coupled with his decision-making skills, will make for a very difficult transition to the NFL if he’s thrown into the fire too early. Defensive coordinators will have no problem confusing Glennon by bringing blitzes from different areas of the field and disguising their coverage. However, Glennon appears to be an intelligent player who may be able to make the necessary adjustments in time. He clearly has the arm strength, touch and accuracy to be an adequate starter once he develops the mental aspect of the game.