The Senior Bowl is this Saturday, and while the game itself may not seem important to college football fans, it serves as one final opportunity for many players to show what they’ve got to NFL scouts. One of the players high on scouts lists right now is Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, and many believe he could end up being the first quarterback taken in this April’s draft.
One team that has been commonly attached to Wilson seems to be the Buffalo Bills, who pick 8th in the draft. Buffalo has been very vocal about wanting to upgrade at quarterback, and while free agency may still be a route they travel, it’s more likely that they draft a franchise signal caller for the future. Wilson has without a doubt been the most consistent passer at Senior Bowl practice all week, and many people are starting to get even more serious about his NFL potential.
NFL analyst Charles Davis told BuffaloBills.com that Wilson reminds him of former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, who used the Senior Bowl to beef up his value and eventually get selected by the Washington Redskins.
“He has all of the intangibles and in a lot of ways he reminds me of Kirk Cousins from last year,” Davis said. “He’s one of those guys that has great leadership skills, understands the big picture, has a toughness about him. He has to dispel some myths about how many times he’s been hurt and concussions because there are a lot of myths about it because there has only been one.”
Wilson might not end up being the first quarterback off the board, but he’s not doing anything to suggest the hype around him is misplaced. A comparison to Cousins over other quarterbacks from last year like RGIII or Russell Wilson makes it seem like Wilson isn’t a first-rate quarterback.
That’s only bad news for people trying to predict the draft, as the teams that want Wilson hope he flies under the radar and is available on the second day of the draft. While that’s a possibility, the more Wilson continues to impress, the higher the likelihood he gets drafted early in round one. Most mock drafts have Wilson going to either the Arizona Cardinals or Buffalo Bills — both being top 10 selections.