STRENGTHS - Under-rated athletically, Wilson has consistently shown the ability to avoid pressure, gets out of the pocket and can makes plays on the move. Although his release is not pretty (A little 3/4ish and Phillip Rivers live), he can get rid of the ball quickly. Ball comes out of his hand with good zip and spiral and has the arm strength to make every NFL throw with ease when he strides into throws. Flashes willingness to patiently stand in pocket while going through progressions and can come back to check-down receiver when he finds no open receiver. When he strides into throws he can be a very accurate short and intermediate thrower. He flashes the touch and arm strength to make strong throws and accurate throws 20+ yards down the field. He is a tough kid who will battle through dings to stay on the field. When he anticipates rush getting close he has shown a willingness to throw the ball away.
WEAKNESSES - A frustrating player who has the talent to be outstanding, Wilson needs to become much more consistent. I wonder about his ability to consistently read the deep coverage as defensive backs are in good position to make plays on his passes way too often. While he will throw ball away in a flash when he anticipates rush, if the rush gets close to him he has a very bad habit of throwing ball off his back foot as he falls away to avoid the pressure. He does not use both hands to protect the ball when the pass rush gets close to him and this is an issue because he has small hands and has struggled with fumbles during college. It is always scary when a quarterback's play declines his senior year as they rarely get back to their previous level of play.
SUMMARY - Having excelled in Coach Petrino's pass friendly offense, Wilson was not as consistent in 2012 playing in a new offense under a new coach. He has a quick release even though it is not a pretty looking release and the ball usually comes out of his hand with zip and a tight spiral. My biggest issues with Wilson are his instincts/football intelligence. I wonder about his ability to see the whole field and read the defense consistently well because too often he makes throws that defenders are in good position to make a play on the ball. Additionally, he does not consistently sense/anticipate the pass rush getting close to him until too late and then he further compounds the problem by throwing the ball up for grabs while falling away off his back foot. Overall, Wilson is likely to be a late first or high second round pick, but if he does not improve in the areas mentioned above he is unlikely to become a consistent starting QB in the NFL.