King: Bray Is A Wise Mid-Round Move For Bucs

February 25th, 2013

Former Bucs QB Shaun King calls Tennessee gunslinger Tyler Bray the “hidden gem in this draft.”

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.

26 Responses to “King: Bray Is A Wise Mid-Round Move For Bucs”

  1. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    King did a good job of calling that. Unless we fill most needs thru Free Agency, I wouldn’t touch a QB until the second 4th Rd pick. Definitely not the 3rd Rd where we can still get a quality CB, OT or LB

  2. Aldo Says:

    I wanna ask joe about some Pete Prisco tweets last night, he was saying the relationship between Schiano and Freeman is not that good at all….

    if i need to take a side on this, im with schiano and im all in about he picking up his QB, i dont hate freeman but the kid had all the time to succeed and has failed to the organization….

    is just my opinion, time will tell now that freeman is in contract year

  3. SensibleBuc Says:

    Sounds good to me. Free MAY be damaged goods at this point mentally so we may have to move on.

  4. Free's a Boob Says:

    Free is empty mentally…that’s the problem.

  5. Bucs or gtfo Says:

    So draft a 6’6 inconsistent QB to replace a 6’6 inconsistent QB? Ok.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Coach Schiano said that he interviewed *Tyrann Mathieu. And said despite the year off, there was enough tape on the kid. And he considers him a “Special Talent”. Just a matter of considering the circumstances; where do you draft him. Sounds like we might look at acquiring his services with the 5th or 6th round pick; if he is still there.

  7. Justin Says:

    Bray is a train wreck in close games. Takes some really wild chances and gets burned more often than not.

  8. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    Kids got a big arm.. hopefully we can grab him in the 5th

  9. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    I’ve watched Bray a lot and he makes a lot of throws that make you scratch your head. That being said, there is a difference between picking an inconsistent Freeman in the 1st vs an inconsistent Bray in the 4th. He will be a good pick there, but wont be good enough what so ever to push Freeman in 2013. Bray is more of a project with high ceiling and hopefully we will not have to develop him into a starter.

  10. PRBucFan Says:

    This from BleacherReports breakdown of all the QBs in each category. The last page ranks them. Guess who was last… Lol

    “Worst: Tyler Bray

    Bray’s arm strength has created some terrible habits with his feet.

    He shows little consideration for footwork and can make most of his throws powered by his arm alone. This has affected his accuracy and consistency and will be a major issue to rectify for any team who brings him aboard.

    Bray routinely throws off of his back foot or standing with his feet squared to the line of scrimmage with poor spacing and a lazy base.”

    Here’s the link in case your interested in reading it.

  11. Mike J Says:

    Justin P’s Dwindling Radio “career” , I echo your sentiments, & I’d take Bray over Manuel also. but QBs are going to be pushed up;they almost always are.

  12. PRBucFan Says:

    Personally I would say Nassib, Dysert, or EJ.

  13. Mike J Says:

    PRBucFan, CBS mentions that too, but that stuff is coachable; they have Bray’s going in rd. 2-3.
    All of these quarterback prospects have warts.Wait till 2014, says here.

  14. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    @Aldo. …….I noticed that: As the day goes on….Pete Prisco starts to shoot off his mouth the later it gets

  15. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    This is horrible. The kid did nothing but lose at Tennessee and was more inconsistent than Freeman. If Freeman was in this draft he would be a clear cut #1 choice. We have way more pressing needs than drafting a QB that early, that would be a shame.

  16. lj Says:

    I have seen Bray play and he is afraid of getting hit as soon as someone comes free he throws the ball up for grabs. He also was very childish at UT with on and off the field problems. I would be sick if we wasted a draft pick on this guy. He was the QB of the worst UT team since 1908.

  17. PRBucFan Says:

    IMO we need a QB who starts off with strengths of accuracy, footwork, and pocket presence, not struggle with the same things our current QB struggles with.

  18. Tomcin Says:

    Imo I would take a chance on Dysert before Bray, but not before pick #5. I would also consider Fitzgerald or Matt Moore in FA.

  19. bucfanjeff Says:

    I doubt you see us even draft a QB this year.

  20. MadMax Says:

    a 5th or 6th on Jordan Rogers, other than that, no.

  21. SteveK Says:

    Can we please trade up and draft Leon Sandcastle? Lol, the sad part is Deon would still test out well enough to be drafted, and may still be better than some of the young CBs in the draft.

    Deon was just as productive as Eric Wright and Aquib Talib last yer, over a total of 8 games, as we like to get CBs that are erratic: on the field and within society.

  22. tye Says:

    The 1 that sticks out to me every time I read or watch something on these QBs is Tyler Wilson…. He will likely go quickly in the draft but if by slim chance he is there in the later rounds, he would be a steal…

  23. pick6 Says:

    hmm…a QB with superb physical skills but questions about consistency and (on-field) decision-making. would fit right in with a Tampa Bay QB legacy that includes pre-walsh steve young, vinny testaverde, trent dilfer, rob johnson, and josh freeman

  24. SirustheVirus Says:

    This kid sucks!! Would pick up Garrard before wasting a draft pick.

  25. White Tiger Says:

    Sure, lets listen to Sean King, the QB who couldn’t win a playoff game withe the best defense this league had – even when that defense held the other team to 11 points. Honestly, why does anyone care what this guy thinks?

    Tyler Bray will be gone before the end of the 2nd rond…and that would be a wasted pick. Bray is light years behind Freeman developmentally. Get Free some linemen that can finish a season, and a OC/position coach tandem that sticks around for more than a season – and he’ll do fine.

    Spend the first two picks on an LT and a G…Penn is good, but the mileage is piling up.

    The strength of this draft is O-line – ride it.

  26. scubog Says:

    I’m starting to enjoy your posts White Tiger. I’m not a big fan of Smoothie King who continues to take the easy approach, by being overly critical in an attempt to accelerate his new career.