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Cowboys' Potential Draft Pick: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was highly-recruited coming out of high school. He stepped in as Tennessee’s starting quarterback in 2010, throwing 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a freshman.

    Scouting Report

    At 6-6, 232 pounds, Bray has the prototypical build for an NFL quarterback. He’s got perhaps the strong arm in this class, snapping the football out quickly. Bray can make any throw on the field with ease; he can throw a deep out from the far hash about as well as Jay Cutler when he came out of Vanderbilt.

    Also like Cutler, Bray has confidence in his arm. That’s a good thing at times, but Bray also forces passes into coverage quite often. If he gets locked onto a receiver, there’s no stopping him. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but that mentality won’t work in the NFL. Bray has to do a much better job of coming off of his first read and checking the ball down to his backs or tight ends.

    The most concerning aspect of Bray’s game to me is that he’s inaccurate. You can have all of the arm strength in the world, but it doesn’t matter if your receivers can’t catch the football. Despite being equipped with perhaps the best wide receiver trio in the nation in 2012, Bray completed only 59.4 percent of his passes. Over his three-year career, Bray connected on just 58.6 percent of all attempts. If he can’t throw the ball accurately in the SEC, why would he be able to do it in the NFL?

    NFL Comparison: Ryan Mallett

    Bray is a slightly more mobile version of Mallett—a tall, strong-armed quarterback who struggles with accuracy.

    Projection

    Bray is projected to go as high as the second round. That would be poor value for someone who doesn’t consistently connect on his passes, but there’s still upside with Bray because he can make any throw. If he can learn to check the ball down more often, his completion rate will increase.

    Fit In Dallas

    Will the Cowboys take a flier on a quarterback this year? I can’t see them doing it in the first two rounds, so Bray would probably need to drop into the third to be an option. That’s certainly possible, and he could theoretically be in play if the ‘Boys have him rated higher than me.

    Other Scouting Reports

    Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

    Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

    Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

    Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC

    Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

    Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

    Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

    Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

    Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia

    D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

    Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

    Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

    Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

    Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

    Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

    Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

    Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

    Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA

    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

    Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

    Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

    Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

    Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

    Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

    Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

    Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

    Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    Kyle Long, G/T, Oregon

    Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

    Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

    Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse

    Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU

     

    Jonathan Bales is the founder of The DC Times. He writes for DallasCowboys.com and the New York Times. He's also the author of Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft.