Tyler Bray QB Tennessee #8
Size/Athleticism: Elite height. Athleticism is very average. He’s not a threat to take off running but he can buy some time by moving within the pocket.
Arm strength/Accuracy: Above average arm strength. He can make every throw and has nice zip on his passes to fit the ball into tight windows. However, he’s wildly inaccurate. He uncorks a handful of horrific throws every game, many of which lead to turnovers.
Footwork/Release: Has an awkward almost sidearm delivery somewhat similar to Philip Rivers or Bernie Kosar. Doesn’t have a quick release and winds up on every throw. Decent footwork within the pocket. He can step up and maneuver in tight spaces and doesn’t panic when the pocket begins to collapse. He’ll stand tall and complete the throw even when facing a hit.
Decision making: He’s confused by different looks on defense. He locks onto his receivers and doesn’t quickly identify defensive adjustments post-snap such as dropping linebackers. Trusts his arm too much. He can fire the ball into tight spots, but he’s too aggressive. Really struggles to read defenses. He throws right into the arms of defenders so often, it almost appears as though he focuses solely on his receivers.
Intangibles: Involved in a number of off-field incidents (wreckless driving of jet skis, throwing bottles). All are relatively minor, but demonstrate a pattern of immature behavior – not exactly a quality you want in your potential franchise quarterback. Three-year starter in the SEC, but would have benefited from sticking around for his senior year.
Durability: Missed five games with a thumb injury in 2011.
Comments: Bray’s talent is certainly intriguing but he showed very little improvement throughout his career and was a consistent under-performer throughout his career despite being surrounded by NFL talent. Despite the talent, an underachieving quarterback with off-field concerns is not someone I want to gamble on before the third day of the draft. He may be a 2nd or 3rd round pick by desperate team, but I wouldn’t touch him until the late rounds.