Razorback Quarterback Tyler Wilson Wants To Be 'No. 1' Pick In 2013 NFL Draft

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, May. 1, 2012 4:52 pm  

Tyler Wilson is projected by some as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. And he wants to be. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has seen several 2013 NFL Draft projections. He’s heard from friends and family about others.

Wilson even has a draft projection of his own in mind.

“Well, I haven’t told a whole lot of people this, but there’s always a drive, a competitiveness inside me and when I look at the draft, I want to go No. 1,” Wilson said. “That’s my goal. It’s a lofty goal. Now, any team that picks me I’m going to be happy for and I’m going to work to hopefully have a great career. It’s flattering to hear those type of projections. I’m honored by that, but I’m doing what I do now. Win a bunch of football games here and those things will take care of themselves.

“But I do have high goals.”

Wilson is very much aware he’s projected to be one of the best — if not THE best — pro prospect in college football entering 2012. SI.com has him as the No. 1 overall pick in a recent mock draft. Other outlets have him rated as the No. 2 quarterback prospect behind USC’s Matt Barkley.

And Wilson is completely comfortable with discussing his prospects beyond his final season at Arkansas. He welcomes what he sees as additional motivation.

Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, very much looked the part of top draft pick in April. He completed 31 of 41 passes for 467 yards with two touchdowns in the Red-White game and finished scrimmages by completing 101 of 146 passes for 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Teammates and coaches were impressed by Wilson’s on-field play and his locker room demeanor. He was impressive in each of the team’s 15 spring practice sessions.

Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said the key to the summer will be Wilson continuing to improve and building on his confidence.

“[Coaches have to] do everything in our power to make sure everybody around him plays real well and he keeps playing like he has,” Petrino said. “Because if he has that little swagger about him, that confidence he’s playing with right now, he’s going to be a hard quarterback to stop.”

Wilson was good enough in 2011 that he could have declared for the draft. In fact, he considered turning pro after leading the Razorbacks to 11 victories and throwing for 3,683 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions.

After weighing his NFL prospects with his desire to continue his career at Arkansas, the lifelong Razorback fan decided to return. He wanted a shot to compete for SEC and BCS championships.

Watching the draft over the weekend was “tough” at times, Wilson said. Wilson didn’t name names, but admitted he felt there were players picked in spots that he could have taken had he entered the draft.

Wilson stressed, though, that he didn’t dwell on it for long. He chose to return to Arkansas and is fully committed to a big season.

“You watch a little bit and think, ‘Gah. I could have gone here or there.’ You see some of those dollar amounts,” Wilson said. “But I think I made the right decision.

“I’m going to prove to everybody I made the right decision.”



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