ESPN analyst Jon Gruden sees potential in former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.
But Gruden also sees a QB prospect who has considerable work to do.
Speaking on a media conference call Monday, Gruden indicated that Bray’s approach to and understanding of the game need to improve.
“I just think there’s a lot of refinement that needs to take place,” Gruden said of Bray. He’s got to learn how to manage some situations better. He’s got to deliver at crunch time. He’s got to polish his game.
“He’s got to do better in terms of handling pressure. He’s not a mobile quarterback. He’s got to know where his hot receivers are. He’s got to know what audible to get to. I think his preparation needs to increase so he can be all that he can be.”
On the positive side of the ledger, Gruden likes Bray’s arm strength.
“I just think this kid has a rare ability to throw the football, and a lot of what he did at Tennessee I think is overshadowed with their won-and-loss record,” Gruden said.
Gruden isn’t the only NFL observer who’s both intrigued and reserved about Bray, who left Tennessee after his junior season. In March, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said “several” league coaches he communicated with had “concerns” about Bray.