Published January 24, 2013 - 9:25am
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Two former SEC players are impressing at Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama, this week in Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson and Florida’s Mike Gillislee. NFL scouts and head coaches are all taking in practice to see who the next hidden senior gem is for the 2013 draft class.
The talk among the coaches and scouts is that Tyler Wilson has been the best quarterback of the six. He’s been consistent, with smooth mechanics, and he’s been improving everyday. The fact that Wilson is a great athlete and has experience in a pro-style offense creates an easier transition, too.
Wilson didn’t quite have the year most thought he would. After all, Bobby Petrino got canned before the season started, and Wilson’s electrifying play caller was notably missing. Wilson threw for 3,387 yards with 21 touchdowns, but he also threw 13 interceptions, compared to 2011 when he threw just six. But the reality is that everyone knew Wilson would impress at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He’ll keep trending up and could be among the first-round talks before it’s all over.
Florida’s Mike Gillislee has also caught the eye of several scouts and general managers Gillislee is a low-mileage running back with great versatility. He did rack up an SEC-leading 244 carries in 2012, but he only took a combined 145 carries in his first three years.
Gillislee rushed for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns while being virtually the entire offense for the 11-2 Gators. Just this week, Bengals owner and general manager Mike Brown loved Gilly and talked to several scouts about him.
Gillislee packs quite a punch when hit, and he has great vision and athletic ability to evade would-be tacklers.
Tyler Wilson and Mike Gillislee are earning some money this week in Mobile.
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