King: Bray Is A Wise Mid-Round Move For BucsFebruary 25th, 2013
Before the NFL Scouting Combine worked quarterback prospects through all their throwing skills, drills and 40-time thrills yesterday, former Bucs quarterback Shaun King called former Tennessee QB Tyler Bray “the hidden gem in this draft” during a morning interview on 98.7 FM.
(For those keeping score, King said he’s not a big E.J. Manuel fan.)
Bray didn’t disappoint. Combine analysts raved about his throwing prowess and, frankly, Joe hasn’t seen a guy throw a deep ball so effortlessly in years. (Here’s some video.) Reports out to Tennessee say Bray unveiled his 6-6 body with an extra 20 pounds of muscle since his college season ended.
Of course, Tennessee was a losing team during each of Bray’s three seasons as a starter, despite him throwing 34 touchdown passes last season. He’s inconsistent and unlikely to be a first-round pick.
King said Bray would be an ideal pick for the Bucs in the third or fourth round, a perfect candidate to spend 2013 on the bench and develop, learn and mature the old fashioned way.
Joe would have no problem with the Bucs taking Bray; it’s probably a sound move, unless the Bucs have their eyes on the stronger 2014 quarterback class as the best possible way to replace Josh Freeman.
Joe’s not lobbying to replace Freeman, but a plan must be in place.