Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah now writes for NFL.com and was on hand at the recent Manning Passing Academy. He’s posted some observations from the camp and those include some comments on quarterbacks from the SEC:
3) Tennessee QB Tyler Bray is much taller than I anticipated. The junior signal-caller is at least 6-5 with a very lanky build. He is natural and smooth in his drops and throws the ball free and easy. He is able to generate plenty of velocity to make all the necessary throws. Bray’s body type and laid-back personality are reminiscent of Matt Leinart, but he can spin the ball much better.
4) Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is exactly the same height as Barkley, but his build isn’t nearly as thick as that of his fellow senior. He threw the ball very well on underneath and intermediate routes. He has polished footwork and the ball jumps out of his hand. Wilson spins it tight and has plenty of arm strength to drive the ball into small windows. An issue with deep-ball accuracy was the only flaw I saw during the sessions. Arm strength isn’t to blame — he just needs to get more air under the ball. That’s a very correctable problem.
6) LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is a very big man. He is at least 6-5 and he could easily carry 240 pounds on his frame. His delivery can get long at times, but he has outstanding arm strength. Mettenberger threw a beautiful deep ball during Saturday’s workout. His accuracy and touch underneath are both works in progress entering his junior season.
7) Georgia QB Aaron Murray was shorter than I anticipated, but he was outstanding during Saturday night’s throwing session. This junior is a good inch shorter than senior counterparts Barkley and Wilson, but he matched them throw for throw. He has very clean footwork in his drops, as well as a compact delivery. Murray can generate a lot of velocity and his accuracy was excellent at all three levels. I was surprised at how powerfully he threw the deep ball. Murray had as much range as any quarterback at the camp.
My thoughts on his thoughts:
1) Bray can play and he has some guys to throw the ball to. UT’s line should be improved, so if they can generate a running game, they could be tougher than most people think.
2) I wonder how much last year’s crop of Razorback receivers helped Wilson? The deep-ball comment caught my eye.
3) Other reporters at the camp also noted Mettenberger’s spotty footwork.
4) It’s much easier to look like an All-American at a camp. A lot of these guys have great measurables or cannons for arms without Courtney Upshaw chasing. I guess that’s why they play the games.