Bray signed with Tennessee as a highly regarded prep out of California and demonstrated early on that he was well worth the praise. While he lost in the race to be the team's starting quarterback at the beginning of 2010, by the end of the season he'd worked his way onto the field, demonstrating raw talent and knack for the big play in completing 56 percent of his passes for 1,849 yards and a very impressive 18-10 TD-to-INT ratio.
Expectations for Bray and the Vols' offense were enormous entering the 2011 season. He started off well before suffering a hand injury against Georgia that nearly ended his season. He wound missing five games and wasn't nearly as effective upon his return for the final few games, finishing the season completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,983 yards and 17 touchdowns against just six interceptions.
Bray enjoyed a record-breaking junior season in 2012, completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns against just 12 interceptions.
At 6-5, 215 pounds and possessing more accuracy on the move than the former SEC star he's often compared to (Ryan Mallett), there is simply no denying that Bray is the most gifted pure passer eligible for the 2013 draft. Had he returned to the Vols, he would have been NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked quarterback prospect for 2014 entering next season.
To earn a draft selection as high as his tools warrant, however, Bray will have to convince NFL decision-makers that he has the leadership traits they're looking for at the position. He didn't look comfortable during the media session at the Scouting Combine, and generally failed to distance himself from a mediocre group of second- and third-round quarterback prospects.
He's consistently more accurate when driving the ball rather than touch passes and has become especially lethal due to his timing and accuracy on the slant and post with his big receivers. Furthermore, he might be the best of the top quarterback prospects at delivering a consistently ball on the deep out.
WEAKNESSES: He boasts a very quick release but doesn't fully take advantage of his height due to a three-quarter delivery. He's also a bit lazy with his fundamentals, failing to step into the direction of his passes. This consistently forces his receivers to adjust to his throws, cutting down on the potential for yardage after the catch and leading his teammates into some hellacious hits.
For all of natural gifts, Bray remains a work in progress when projecting him to the NFL. For one, he takes the vast majority of his snaps out of the shotgun. More important, while willing to step up into a disintegrating pocket, he is a long-legged, relatively slow-footed athlete who has only marginal mobility overall.
COMPARES TO: Jay Cutler, Bears -- Like Cutler, Bray has tremendous arm strength - and confidence in it - but seems to enjoy the challenge of tougher throws and will often attempt them rather than take safer options.