Tyler Wilson Q&A

By: Logan Wilson
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013
Senior Bowl South Squad quarterback Tyler Wilson of Arkansas (8) throws a pass during Senior Bowl football practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Senior Bowl South Squad quarterback Tyler Wilson of Arkansas (8) throws a pass during Senior Bowl football practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

— Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been the talk of the Senior Bowl practices this week in Mobile, Ala.

His performance has even raised some questions as to whether the Kansas City Chiefs would consider drafting him with the first overall pick in April. Wilson, along with former receiver Cobi Hamilton, will represent the Razorbacks in the game Saturday on the NFL Network.

On Friday, he spoke in an appearance on "Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly". Below is a transcript of his interview. The questions are paraphrased.

Bo Mattingly: How has the week been?

Tyler Wilson: I've had a number of meetings with NFL teams, and obviously I've been practicing and adapting to the new guys and the new scheme offensively in these four days, so there's a lot going on here.

Mattingly: What have the meetings with NFL teams been like?

Wilson: It's been fun. Some of it has been like a big speed-dating contest. It's been good. We find time to meet with a number of scouts, GMs and personnel and get to know each other a little bit.

Mattingly: Have you speed dated?

Wilson: No I haven't, I haven't.

Mattingly: So you just know from what you see in the movies?

Wilson: Yeah, just like the movies.

Mattingly: Are you comfortable with the process? What has it been like transitioning from a college player to it becoming a business?

Wilson: You're trying to sell what you can do for a program and what you bring to the table. Ultimately, you're trying to get them to buy into what you can do. I feel like I bring a number of things to the table and it's been good meeting with a number of teams. There are a lot of teams out there that need a quarterback and are thinking about drafting one early. I'm trying to use that to my advantage and hopefully come April, we'll have a good result.


Senior Bowl South Squad quarterback Landry Jones of Oklahoma (14) and quarterback Tyler Wilson of Arkansas (8) warm up during... + Enlarge

Mattingly: Senior Bowl challenges?

Wilson: You'd think it would be tough, but honestly you have a concept of what you're trying to get done. As far as what we did at Arkansas, I was able to have a large volume of stuff. It's based off of installations from NFL programs and obviously you're playing with new guys, but at the end of the day, it's football and the guys are pretty good at this level, so they can pick it up and play a pretty good brand of football.

Mattingly: Who's coaching you?

Wilson: Coach (Scott) Linehan of the Detroit Lions staff. They understand offensive football pretty well there and he does a good job of explaining it.

Mattingly: Biggest challenge of the week?

Wilson: Just the transition. Playbook wise, it's a different philosophy and new terminology, but similar in regards to a lot of the things we did at Arkansas. I can pick it up pretty quickly and adjust and I think that's been a strong suit.

Mattingly: How are you handling the criticism?

Wilson: Before coming into weigh ins and measurements, you heard some questions about height and weight, but I measured here at 6-foot-2 and right at 220 pounds. I think I'll be a little bigger going into the combine, but it was a good base mark test, but I think I answered some questions there as well as getting to throw the ball live. I think people getting to see me throw the ball answered some question marks there. At the end of the day, you know you're a pretty good player and that's why you're here, but there job is to find every detail wrong with you since they are making a business decision. You just have to be able to handle that a little bit.

Mattingly: A lot has been made about your hand size?

Wilson: Eventually, you have to play the game of football and not be a model. The deal is, can you throw the football with a large amount of velocity and with good accuracy? Are you tough, are you physical and can you lead the football team? That's what the quarterback position is all about and if you can do those things, you'll play on Sundays. It doesn't matter what your hand size is in my opinion. There are a number of guys who have had success in the National Football League and it's because they do those things, not because of what their hand size is.

Mattingly: What do people (NFL people) need to know about you?

Wilson: What I've been through in college, what my background is, who I am as a person and what I bring to the table. All of those things combined are what makes a player different and what makes them special.

Mattingly: Going to be NFL QB, All-SEC QB (2011), had pressure, but is this different?

Wilson: I think it would be a little more nerve-wracking if you weren't sure what you could do. When you go out there and understand where you stack up, your nerves aren't as bad. That's the way I look at it. I feel comfortable moving forward.

Mattingly: Do you know when you get into the game?

Wilson: We drew straws. Everyone had a great week of practice and I think I had a really good week of practice. I actually won an award and I'm very honored to have won that, but we drew straws. E.J. Manuel will start the game, I'll be second and Landry Jones will play third.


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