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Road to the Draft: Tyler Bray

By Jay Skurski

Tyler Bray

Position: Quarterback
School: Tennessee
Measurements: 6-foot-6, 232 pounds
40 time: 5.05 seconds Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches 20-yard shuttle: 4.51 seconds
2012 stats: 268 of 451, 3,612 yards, 59.4 completion percentage, 34 TDs, 12 INTs
Draft projection: Second-fourth round

Lowdown: Generally regarded as having the most natural arm talent of any quarterback in the class. … Has the confidence to throw into tight windows, and puts up a beautiful deep ball. … Better when driving the ball rather than touch throws. … Has prototypical height for the position, which allows him to see over his line. … More accurate than his percentage would suggest, as his receivers struggled with drops at times. … Added 24 pounds of muscle to his frame before the combine, where he threw a ball clocked at 59 miles per hour.

Didn't win enough in college, going just 5-7 as a junior with the Vols. Decided to leave school a year early when coach Derek Dooley was fired, even though it's clear he could have used another season in college to develop. … Does not have the athleticism to add anything as a runner. … Maddeningly inconsistent player who relies on his arm strength too much at times and takes unnecessary risks with the ball. … Has not worked under center much at Tennessee, taking most of his snaps in the shotgun.

Maybe the biggest question about Bray is his attitude. He's done some dumb things in college, like throwing beer bottles off his apartment balcony onto parked cars and taking shots at the Tennessee fans on Twitter. His biggest challenge in the pre-draft process will be showing teams that he has matured and is capable of stepping into an NFL locker room and being a leader.

They said it: "I was really surprised he came out. I thought he should have come back and refined his name a little more. If you ask me who are the quarterbacks with the most arm talent in this draft, he'd certainly be in the top three. He can wing it. There's no doubt about that. However, the ball's all over the place. He's inconsistent from an accuracy perspective, and you also have to get comfortable with the kid. What kind of kid is he? What kind of work ethic does he have? There are some concerns there from several of the coaches I talk to."

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to next month’s NFL Draft.


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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