2013 NFL draft prospect Tyler Wilson stops by shortly to take your questions about his time at Arkansas, his draft preparation or anything else on your mind!
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How quickly do you hope to be at your new team's facility once your drafted?
I think there is usually a visit a day or two after the draft to get to know the personnel and the people in the lockerroom and then dive into the playbook as quickly as you can. The faster you can learn what's going on offensively, the better you're able to be yourself and play like you can.
What have you been working on the most since the season ended?
I've been at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Footwork has been a big part of emphasis with the coaches. Terry Shea is on the board. Chris Weinke played in the league for 7-8 years and has a tremendous playing background himself. He's big on fundamentals. I've learned a lot since I've been down there with throwing technique.
Are you a big video gamer? How excited are you to see yourself in Madden?
I play a little bit. I usually always play the college games. I love the Tiger Woods games. I'm a big golf guy. I'm excited to play next year's Madden. I usually try to create myself anyway and put myself at 99 speed and everything else.
Do you listen to any of the pre-draft talk?
You can't help but hear some of it. You try to limit some of what you read online. But you hear some of it just being around the business. I try to work as hard as I can and control what I can.
What's the thing you're most proud of during your time at Arkansas?
I think the fact that we tied the school record for wins in 2011. Arkansas only one other time won that many games. As well as setting the bar passing in a lot of the categories. I'm very proud to have been in that position. Leaving a legacy teamwise how we do things to win games.
When a team brings you in for a visit, what do you do? Are there workouts? Interviews? Do you draw up plays for them?
You're doing a lot of work on the board and evaluation as far as how your mind works and how you can comprehend a large amount of things. Last week in Buffalo, for instance, we talked about what they're going to do offensively. Also meeting the personnel and getting a feel for the atmosphere.
How good can Knile Davis be as a pro?
I think he can be a really good player. He has the speed, the strength. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He has to get in the right situation and the right team and I think he'll do very very well.
Who is the QB you looked up to the most as a youngster?
There are two guys. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. I like Brett's toughness. He was never going to miss a game. He was fun. He was like a kid on the field. He was exciting. Peyton's ability to manage the game, manage the people around him and always have control of what's going on around him at all times. He also had that demanding nature about him. I like that.
What's the best thing about playing in the SEC?
Bing able to play week in and week out in a game that really really mattered. Not only for the conference not only for where you'll be at the end of the year, but the fans cared about it. It was a tough place to play. That's what was so exciting about the SEC.
How hard was it to change coaches for your senior year?
It was tough. We tried to keep offensively what we did very similar and defensively what we did similar. The toughness is in the transition in the head coach. They were just different. There were different things they did. And there was different chemistry things as well. The 2011 team was different than 2012. That comaraderie and the match was hard.
If you weren't playing QB, what other position would you want to play?
If I could play, I would play safety. I would like to be the last line of defense. The safety is the guy that reads what the QB is doing at all times. He can understand personnel sets, where the QB wants to go before he gets there. Safety is the last line and can make some plays to help the team out.
What was your favorite part of being on the Gruden Camp?
Just to be with a guy that's won an NFL championship. He's one of the innovators of the West Coast offense and understands a lot about the game. Any time you're able to watch film with him you can take somethings away from it.
What's the process like for a guy from a small town in Arkansas?
Being from a small town, you kind of feel like you're one of the first to ever experience something like this. But I always felt like it was going to happen. That's been my dream since a little kid. I had a brief feeling that it would happen out of high school in baseball. A year ago, I thought maybe I'd come out, but I stayed in school. So this is kind of my third time feeling like this. I'm very thankful to be in this position and want to make the most of it.
What are your thoughts on Bret Bielema? Do you think he will be successful at Fayetteville?
I think he will. I think he'll do a very good job. He comes from a very successful background in Wisconsin. They did a really good job of understanding how to run the football at a high level and running play action and throwing the ball successfully. That will fit in with what the SEC is all about. Being a physical, strong football team. I think that will work very similar to what Alabama and LSU are doing.
What's been the most commonly asked question teams have asked you?
What can you bring to our organization that will help us? I think that my answer to that has been my natural ability to throw the football is my biggest strenght. I'm competitive. I want to win football games. I think I can do that for you.
what are you going to miss most about playing at arkansas? which team do you think you would fit well with the system they have in place?
I think the fact that I'm a hometown kid. It meant a lot to me to play in an organization and program that I was a fan of growing up. That was the biggest thing, that tradition that I really enjoyed being a part of.
What is your opinion on mobile quarterbacks in the NFL? Does it put pressure on athletes such as yourself to improve that part of your game?
No. There are different styles. I know that RGIII is going to run close to a 4.3. I'm never going to run a 4.3. I have a unique ability to throw the ball and do somethings that maybe he can or can't do. The uniqueness that I bring to the table is different than other guys. I have to maximize what I do best. The team that won the Super Bowl this year is very much based around a team that the QB could throw from the pocket. Some of the best QBs in the league throw from the pocket. I think my game is very much that way and in that style and I think I can be very successful.
If you weren't involved with football, what would you be doing?
I would be playing another sport. No question. I'd be playing golf or baseball. Or I'd be in Nashville playing guitar. I don't know.
How has the adversity you faced this year at Arkansas made you a better quarterback/person?
I think obviously it was a tough transition between coaches. The change up in personnel, players from year to year is very similar to what I will be seeing in the NFL. There are trades, coaching changes. You have to be able to adapt from year to year. I think that is very much in my favor moving forward.
Thanks so much for talking with me today.