A day after watching West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith throw, Buffalo’s top two personnel men headed further south to Arkansas where they observed Razorbacks signal caller Tyler Wilson. In an offseason where the need to add a quarterback of the future was increased with the release of veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this week, the Bills scouting department has literally been going the extra mile.
“I think now is the time for us,” said Nix. “You’re trying harder to make sure that you know every little thing. We’re turning over every stone to make sure we know all there is to know possibly about these players.”
Wilson is a player that Buffalo has seen a lot of through the pre-draft process meeting with him at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He stood on his workout numbers in Indianapolis last month, but did perform throwing drills with his receivers.
Wilson’s workout was scripted by his quarterback coaches Terry Shea and Chris Weinke, who also ran Geno Smith’s workout at West Virginia Thursday. Both players are training at the IMG Academy in Brandenton, Florida.
The Arkansas senior completed 57-of-62 throws as talent evaluators from all 32 NFL teams were on hand. Four of Wilson's incompletions were receiver drops while one was an overthrow.
“We put together a script a few months ago,” Wilson told reporters in attendance including Arkansas24/7sports. “That's kind of where it ended up. I put in all the throws potentially you simulate in game situations. You could see 62 is what we came to and we got close to it.”
Wilson, who was a First Team All-SEC quarterback as a junior saw his numbers slip his senior season due to a multitude of circumstances that were out of his control including the dismissal of his head coach and the departure of his three top receiving targets to the NFL.
Now with his pro day workout behind him Wilson is set to conduct pre-draft visits with NFL clubs, though he did not reveal who he’ll be meeting with in the coming weeks.
“I have individual meetings with teams now,” Wilson told Arkansas24/7sports. “Those will start and there will be a number of teams that come to Arkansas and then there will be some in which I will go to their place to do interviews and that kind of stuff. Then right around the corner is the draft the last week of April.”
Wilson has seen the draft predictions as to where he’ll come off the board. Most speculation has him anywhere from the top of round two to round three. The Arkansas signal caller however, is just pleased that he’s put his best work in front of NFL employers leading up to the draft in late April.
“I think I'm in a pretty good position,” Wilson told Arkansas24/7sports. “I'm happy that I'm in the spot that I'm in. Any chance you get to play at the next level is a tremendous opportunity. Hopefully, you're picked early, but we'll see.”
Arkansas24/7sports.com contributed to this story.