Photo of Tyler Bray
Grade
67.8 ?
  • 5.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 100.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

After receiving a bit of playing time in blowouts (in either direction) over the first two months of his freshman year, Bray took over for Matt Simms during the team’s loss to South Carolina. He led the team to a 4-1 record in the remaining five games (with four 300-yard passing performances) and to an unexpected Music City Bowl berth against North Carolina.



Bray looked to be building upon that success early in 2011, as Tennessee won three of its first four games with him at the helm, including a 405-yard, four-touchdown effort against Cincinnati. He set the school record for touchdown passes in the first four games of the year with 14, breaking Peyton Manning’s mark of 12. But against Georgia, he suffered a fractured right thumb that sidelined him for five games. He made it back for the season’s final two contests, but wasn’t quite the same; he completed only 31 of 71 passes (44 percent) with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Coming into his junior season, many expected Bray to vault himself into top-10 talk. However, Bray failed to make the necessary strides despite being surrounded with a supporting cast littered with NFL talent. The Volunteers went just 5-7, and Bray struggled in games versus the likes of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. After the firing of head coach Derek Dooley, Bray decided to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Analysis

Strengths

Bray uses his height to adequately survey the field and see over his offensive lineman, yet he also displays the flexibility to bend and reach for low shotgun snaps. Bray has elite arm strength, and generates this power through a consistent rotation of his hips. His throws are often tight spirals, and the velocity of his throws allows him to beat defenders to the spot. He shows the ability to manipulate the pocket, and change his arm slot, while still delivering accurate throws.

Weaknesses

An extremely thin build, and won’t contribute much as a scrambler. His gamed is mired with tremendous inconsistencies, mostly rooted in a poor feel for the intricacies of the game. Accuracy and footwork can go array at any point in the game. Takes to many unnecessary risks. Has a tendency to stare down his targets. Did not develop in his Junior season as many had hoped.

NFL Comparison

Jay Cutler

Bottom Line

Based on pure arm talent, Bray is an extremely impressive quarterback prospect. However, his arm talent only resulted in a few standout plays amongst a season of poor decisions, and maddening inconsinstencies. An NFL team that drafts him will be doing so based on their faith in cleaning up the many aspects of Bray's game that leave much to be desired.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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