NFL Draft Analysis: John Parker Wilson, QB, Alabama Crimson Tide

by Tim Piotrowski on April 17, 2009 @ 01:00:00 PDT

 


University of Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson is entering the 2009 NFL Draft after four productive seasons for the Crimson Tide. His numbers in the 2009 season were not eye-popping, but he led his team to a perfect regular season before suffering losses in the Southeastern Conference title game as well as the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Wilson finished the season with 2,243 yards passing with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games. He topped the 200-yard mark in only three games but did not have to throw much since the team was playing well. He has shown he can throw touchdown passes in college, collecting 35 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons, but he also threw 22 interceptions during that span, which could be a concern for NFL teams.

Strengths

  • Patient in the pocket
  • Has quick enough release
  • Throws well on the run
  • Shows toughness and can play through pain
  • Shows good sense of timing with receivers

Weaknesses

  • Can hold onto the ball too long at times
  • Can have deep passes sail on him
  • Footwork inconsistent at times
  • Does not have great arm strength
  • Does not have great speed and will not make may defenders miss
  • Never lived up to the hype coming out of high school

Expected draft placement

Wilson, 6-foot-1 4/8, 219 pounds, will be selected during the second day of the draft, likely between Round 5 and Round 7. He should become a team's No. 3 quarterback for the time being. One of the things going for Wilson coming into the league is that he has played top competition in the SEC, so his reading and recognition could be more developed than other quarterbacks in the draft.

Wilson will have to be patient to make an impact in the league. He will have to work with his coaches to learn the system he will go to, which means he likely will stay the third quarterback for several seasons but has the ability to become a backup or even a starter with time. He is best suited to play in a West Coast offense given his ability to make plays on the run and his lack of arm strength.

The teams that may be interested include the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.

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Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.

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