This is going to be a short post so I know it should probably be a fanshot, but with the new layout, no one seems to look at those anymore. I've been taking a preliminary look at our needs (not just quarterback) and thinking about the upcoming draft. Would anyone be interested in seeing an early mock draft? At least it would give us something to discuss, since we know the season isn't going anywhere, and I know most of you won't want to discuss with me the pro's and con's of signing Tebow (hint, I think we should). To get the excitement flowing, here's my first pick:
1. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
You want to know what pisses me off? The year we are finally set up to take a quarterback in the first round, there is no clear cut number 1 prospect. If I could trade our quarterback class for next year's I would do it in a heartbeat. Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are both more exciting prospects than anyone in the 2013 draft. But the player I like the most in 2014 is going to be my sleeper pick next year. I'm thinking we can snag him in the 3rd round, if he doesn't jump up the boards that is. My 2014 sleeper quarterback prospect is Derek Carr (younger brother to David). His stats are just nasty. 68% completion percentage, 36 TDs, 5 INTs. And he is projected as a 4-6th rounder!? I have a feeling he is going to jump up at least into the 2nd round next year, and I have a feeling Johnny Football is going to drop back a little to the 2nd round. But more importantly than that, lets talk about this pick. I think Tyler Wilson, as of right now, is the best quarterback prospect in the draft. I like Geno Smith, I like Mike Glennon, I'm even intrigued by Ryan Nassib and Logan Thomas, but Wilson is my most surefire pick here with Geno Smith being a close second. I like, don't love, Wilsons stats: 21 TDs, 13 INTs, and a 62% completion percentage. If I'm going to draft a quarterback into the NFL, he absolutely must have a completion percentage over 60%. What I really like about Wilson is that he is pretty consistent (62% this year, 63% last year) and has a better arm, in my opinion, than Geno Smith. He also looks to be a bit of a gunslinger, which can be frustrating from a fan's perspective, but I think one thing we really need at the quarterback position is guts. I'm not sure Geno Smith has it. Smith has been working with two amazing receiver prospects at W. Virginia, which may have inflated his stats a bit. Now I will say that it is good to see a quarterback get good numbers from good receivers, as they will be working with top notch talent in the NFL, but it also worries me a bit to think he might not look so good without Austin and Bailey carrying the load. Now of course it is early, and maybe Mike Glennon will leapfrog both Smith and Wilson come combine time, but I doubt it. I could see Smith falling back and the draft going Wilson, Glennon, Smith. If I had to draft tomorrow, I would take Tyler Wilson with my first pick.