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.
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.
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.
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.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.