Thank god the draft is over with. It took me two days to catch up on my Youtube videos I missed in the three days of the draft.
Today I am going to look at one of the biggest anomalies in the draft; Tyler Bray. I watched five games worth of tape on him and I finally got a look at why he was such a confusing prospect. It had me ripping my hair out.
The five games I watched were Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Missouri. I chose the first four because they are 4 of the best defenses in the NCAA and then I chose Mizzou because I wanted to see how he did against "lesser" talent.
Arm Strength- First think I looked at was that fabled arm of his. It did not disappoint at all. He has a cannon and it seemed like it took next to no effort on the deep throws. Not many QB's can throw the ball as strong as he can. Made me smile every time he threw it deep.
Avoiding the rush and mobility- His mobility is not that good compared to what it needs to be in todays NFL. He can buy time but he is not going to run for a ton of yards. He can avoid the rush alright but he is no Big Ben. One play he made JD Clowney look stupid but he won't do that very often in the NFL.
Accuracy and decision making- This is an issue for me. He seems to be rather trigger happy and throws it deep a little too much into coverage. Some of that was on the receivers as some hit the guys square in the hands and dropped it. He needs to learn to take the short routes sometimes instead of throwing it deep all the time. Defenses in the NFL are going to pick that a part. Also needs to work on his footwork but that can be fixed. You can teach a guy NOT to throw deep and he needs to learn that.
I will admit that when he is accurate, he has one of the most beautiful throws I have seen.
Final thoughts- I really liked what I saw and while there are some things that need to be fixed but if he works hard and puts in the work, he should succeed in the NFL. I personally think he landed on the perfect team because he can sit behind Alex Smith and Chase Daniel and learn. Really its his job to lose. I personally think he reminds me of Brett Favre with the potential to be the next Ryan Leaf if he doesn't get his head on straight.
Oh and this is likely to be my last post for a couple of weeks due to a family issue. I really appreciate all the thanks and support from you guys. I may work on something but no promises.