(WBEN/WGR) For The Buffalo Bills, it was quarterback shopping time at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine this past weekend, opening discussions with USC's Matt Barkley (L) and former Arkansas Quarterback Tyler Wilson (far L)
The Bills official website reported that Wilson was set to meet with Buffalo on Friday night, the second time the team has met with him According to SI's Peter King, the Bills were one of nine teams that formally met with Barkley in his time at the combine.
Barkley and Wilson have different journeys and a different set of circumstances which led to their less-than-stellar senior seasons.
If Barkley and Wilson had each declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, there is a possibility that they would have parlayed a significant junior season in to being a first round pick. Instead, both felt they had a team worthy of National Championship consideration and returned to their respective schools.
"No regret that I came back last year," said Barkley. "Haven't looked back once, and I wouldn't change my USC career for anything."
Wilson meanwhile had similar comments: "I think that year gave me that opportunity that I wouldn't have necessarily been if I came out early. There's a lot of things that I didn't understand about how the process works, and you're kind of jumping in to it with cold feet. I have that opportunity by coming back, and I think I'm more prepared because of it."
Each responded to their detractors at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
First was Barkley, when asked about his perceived lack of an arm.
"I would disagree," Barkley said with a smile. "Look at the tape, watch the tape. I'm not gonna go through certain throws, but you can watch the tape where I've made throws in tight windows that I can make every NFL throw that you need. So, yeah, I would disagree."
"I don't know how much stock they put in to [small hands]," Wilson said after a deep breath. "I know I can throw the ball as good or better than some people with bigger hands than I do. Not that that means anything I guess. At the end of the day, I guess this part of it is a modeling session where you have to be this and this. But at the end of the day, can the guy play football. That's the way I've always looked at it."