Before the Washington Redskins selected Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick in last year's NFL Draft, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner fine-tuned his mechanics under reputed quarterback guru Terry Shea.
While Shea hasn't quite placed Tyler Wilson in Griffin's class in the days leading up to this year's draft, the former Bears offensive coordinator believes Wilson could materialize into a solid quarterback on the next level.
As Geno Smith and Matt Barkley continue to receive high first-round grades in a number of mock drafts, Shea remains baffled the former Arkansas quarterback lingers as a projected second-round pick.
"I would take Tyler Wilson first in this class," Shea told Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports. "I'm very strong on Tyler Wilson. Everything adds up to an A-plus. I know Geno Smith is way up there [but] I don't know what is going on in terms of teams not recognizing Tyler Wilson is a first-round draft pick.
Shea, who worked under Bill Walsh at Stanford in the early 1990s, spent several months this offseason mentoring Wilson at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Wilson, who became the first Razorbacks quarterback to receive first-team All-SEC honors in 2011, also trained alongside Smith and Barkley.
Since leaving the Rams following the 2008 season, Shea has helped a number of prominent quarterbacks prepare for the draft. In 2009, Shea mentored Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman, who were taken No. 1 and 17th overall. Shea has also tutored Sam Bradford, Blaine Gabbert and Collin Klein.
In 2011, Wilson ranked in the top 25 in FBS in passing efficiency after finishing with 3,638 yards and a 4-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (24 touchdowns, six interceptions). Wilson's numbers dipped last season after missing a loss to Alabama with a concussion. Shea, however, is enamored with Wilson's footwork, arm strength and intelligence on the field.
"Robert Griffin III was very special when I worked with him last year, but this guy's RPMs are about as good as it gets in terms of how he can drive the ball," Shea told USA Today Sports. "He's not 4.5 in the 40 but he has fluid feet. He [also has] a really sharp quarterback IQ."
Wilson is scheduled to meet with the Bills next week.
"Hopefully someone assesses me to be an early pick," Wilson told USA Today Sports. "I want to be really successful and I'm going to do what it takes to get there."
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