Originally Posted by Sorter
Reid's WCO is one that utilizes more vertical routes (go routes and posts, double moves, sluggos, etc) than most WCOs in terms of frequency (McCarthy's WCO is fairly similar now. They both love the PA inside zone with the Z running the post in base personnel. Look at Jordy Nelson's highlights from last year). Reid's also stressed an importance (but possibly due to the QBs he's had) on mobility and utilizing boots, PA off the stretch play (Reid utilizes a ZB system for the run game).
Because of Geno's quickness (but not pure speed), he utilizes/sells the stretch/bootleg on PA better than Wilson or the other prospects.
Wilson is a good fit for this WCO variant bc he's got solid accuracy down the field and is fairly athletic himself.
Barkley appears to be the worst fit for Reids WCO and ironically the best fit for a traditional WCO (ala the Browns recently, 49ers with Alex Smith and previously, etc) as his weaknesses are arm strength and mobility/quickness.
Originally Posted by SNR
Geno's Air Raid system depended on spread out receivers, putting them in good positions to get yards after the catch, and using the run to supplement the pass, not set it up. Geno excelled at throwing well-timed and accurate short passes, which is the staple of the West Coast offense. What he ran in college looks similar to what Andy Reid will have him do in the pros.
I have no clue what kind of offense Tyler Wilson runs, but from what I've seen it's certainly not a West Coast offense. He rolls out a ton, always looks downfield, and waits for the WRs to create separation before he throws. That, or he anticipates the cut in the route so he throws his guy open.
Solid summaries; thanks for sharing. I agree that Geno's physical tools and experience match Reid's aggressive WCO nicely. He's my first choice for our #1 pick.
As time goes on, though, I can't help but like Wilson more and more; I think he's done quite a bit to help his stock during this week. His interviews have been solid (and genuine) and I've read reports that his progress has been noticeable throughout the week of practice. If his intelligence and ability to learn continue to show signs of strength, I believe that he has the physical tools to be worth the top pick.
His relatively small hands worried me at first, but others in this thread have said that his fumble count was low (and I was unable to find an exact number myself). I don't worry much about him fumbling the ball frequently if he managed to hang onto it behind Arkansas' nasty 2012 line. It will be interesting to see what he does during the game.