Tyler Bray, Junior, QB, Tennessee
Tyler Bray is a highly touted signal caller from California, who is eerily similar to Peyton Manning. He committed to Tennessee and wasted no time picking apart collegiate defenses, earning a starting spot midway through his freshman season. Once he earned the starting job there was no looking back. He had a tremendous sophomore campaign and looks to continue the trend in his junior year. He is on the NFL’s radar and many believe that he is the second best quarterback in the upcoming draft class. Heading into his junior season Bray has complied 35 touchdown passes to just 16 interceptions and amassed over 3,800 yards. He completed just under 60% of his passes last year and 57% in his short collegiate career. Avoiding a sophomore slump, Bray set career high in attempts, completions, completion percentage, quarterback efficiency, and interceptions, or lack thereof, throwing just six.
Standing at an imposing 6’6” Bray is poised to be a first round selection in the 2013 draft, if he chooses to come out. If it was not for Matt Barkley coming back to school many would project Bray as the first overall pick. He has lots of starting experience already and has only been improving as he gains more experience. He has a very strong arm and delivers an accurate ball. In the SEC he plays against NFL quality talent on a weekly basis. Bray is a player to pay close attention to in 2012. He will likely continue to improve his game, which should only cement him as a top 10 selection.
12/8/2012 Update by Dan LeVine:
After the season Bray had, he has catapulted himself into the “best quarterback in the draft” debate. The junior signal caller had a heck of a year in an otherwise forgettable campaign for Tennessee. He threw 34 touchdowns, which is just two shy of Peyton Manning’s school record for a single season. He has the size, arm strength, and grit to challenge Barkley for the first quarterback off the board. When all is said and done, he will most likely be chosen after Barkley. But Bray proved he has what it takes to compete at the NFL level.