Tennessee junior quarterback Tyler Bray is headed for the NFL and will skip his senior season in Knoxville, according to a CBSSports.com report by Bruce Feldman. He will join his Volunteers underclassmen teammates Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Bray is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 QB and No. 63 prospect overall. He is projected to be a second-round draft pick.
A three-year starter, Bray was 13-11 over his career as a Tennessee starter (5-7 in 2012), including a 5-9 record against SEC competition. This past season, he led the conference with 3,612 passing yards and 34 touchdowns through the air. With Bray's departure, new head coach Butch Jones will have just five returning starters on offense.
Bray becomes the first underclassmen quarterback to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft and joins a talented but muddled class of signal callers. He has first-round height and arm ability, but the inconsistent mechanics, decision making and ball security are likely to push him down draft boards. Bray was cited this past July for throwing beer bottles at cars from a balcony and teams have serious questions about his maturity. Nonetheless, his upside will be attractive to NFL teams.