FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson said Monday night he plans to participate in throwing drills and field tests at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Greenwood native is one of several quarterbacks jockeying for position in the 2013 NFL Draft. Wilson said he and his representatives debated whether he should throw in Indianpolis or wait until the on-campus pro day at Arkansas next month, but the plan “as of now” is to take part in the combine workouts later this week.
“Typically, the advice that my guy gives, that (agent) Tom (Condon) gives as far as his direction at the combine is you don’t throw,” Wilson said. “But this year is a little bit of a different scenario as far as the quarterbacks. Everybody has to go out and compete. And I think my advantage is throwing the football.”
Wilson has been preparing for the NFL Combine at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Two other top quarterbacks — West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley — are also training at IMG. Barkley won’t throw at the NFL Scouting Combine this week because of a shoulder injury that sidelined him late last season. Smith will throw in Indianapolis.
Wilson is scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis on Thursday and will go through three full days of interviews, medical exams, tests and drills. He will do on-field workouts with quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs on Sunday.
Wilson is one of six former Arkansas players who will be in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. Running back Knile Davis, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, tight end Chris Gragg, guard Alvin Bailey and punter Dylan Breeding also have invitations.
“It’s going to be grueling and frustrating at times, but you have to manage yourself through it, do the best you can do,” said Wilson, who also participated at the Senior Bowl last month. “Hopefully at the end of the day be pleased with the outcome.”
We'll have more on Wilson and his preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine later this week.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau