It didn't matter what position he played, who was on the schedule, or how many bells and whistles the school could pull out to woo him. All Mike Caputo wanted was a place that felt like home complete with a coaching staff and teammates who felt like family. The West Allegheny athlete found that at...[details]
2005 (Junior): Second team All-Big East. A member of the Big East All-Academic team.
2004 (Sophomore): Named second team All-Big East. Pitt's MVP and captain.
1995 (Junior): Tyler is on the watch lists for the Walter Camp Award and the Davey O'Brien National Quaterback Award.
Personal: Three time Associated Press all-state honoree (big team). Associated Press big school Player of the Year in 2001. USA Today second team All-American. Three time Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette Class AAA Player of the Year. A member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 and Tribune-Review's Terrific 25. Participant in the Elite 11 football camp. Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Selected to play in the Big 33 game. Listed by Rivals as the nation's No. 8 "dual threat" quaterback.
The good: Completed a fine career with a strong season that earned him All-Big East honors. Has a live arm with good footwork to throw on the move and can make a big play with his running skills. He refined his throwing motion last fall, which improved his accuracy and moved him up the draft charts. Similar to Dave Ragone in size, athleticism and experience at this point of his career. Has the talent to become an NFL starter in time with additional development. As a senior, he started 12 games and was 220 of 332 for 2,871 yards with 25 TDs and nine INTs.
The bad: He needs some work on throwing deep passes and on going through his progressions quicker. Also needs to increase his strength to help him to withstand the punishment NFL passers take.
Outlook: Should be the chosen early in the second day. He has all the talent and intangibles to become a fine pro starter if he can progress in his reads and settle into an offense. He is a good fit for the West Coast offense that demands quick, accurate passing and sound decision-making. The Browns, Panthers and Bucs are interested.
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