Why Senior Bowl Evaluations Suck
Same player, same practice.
Wilson, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated quarterback in this game, and third overall, behind West Virginia's Geno Smith and USC's Matt Barkley, was not surprisingly the most impressive of the three passers today. He passed his first test -- measuring in at a solid 6-2 (and an 1/8), 218 pounds -- during the weigh-ins and demonstrated the same efficient set-up and delivery, zip and accuracy which he'd shown over the past two seasons as the Razorbacks' starter. He showed better than expected accuracy on the move, as well, hitting open targets deep right and shallow left after play-action bootlegs. Wilson was equally accurate on short swing passes to running backs, slants and deep crossers to receivers and down the seam to the tight end. He did get careless and throw an interception late that Georgia Southern safety JJ Wilcox stepped in front of and likely would have returned for a touchdown had we been keeping score. I was impressed, however, by the fact that Wilson rose to the occasion after this poor throw. Pressured on the outside, Wilson stepped up and lofted a nice pass down the seam to Alabama tight end Michael Williams. Williams, heavily covered, was unable to come down with the pass, however.
Report 2 (listed in the hurt their stock category)
Wilson was for the most part sound fundamentally today, but he sprayed the ball all over the field and did not demonstrate the consistent accuracy expected out of a first round prospect. He overthrew multiple receivers badly on downfield routes and threw a bad interception during team drills when he failed to read the safety dropping down into the box. Day one of the Senior Bowl is always difficult on QBs as they try to gain chemistry with brand new receivers, so scouts will be paying particular attention to how he progresses throughout the week.