Photo courtesy of collegepressbox.com
Originally published on SBReport.net on April 27, 2013
After seeing two quarterbacks taken in front of them twice in the fourth around alone, Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders selected quarterback Tyler Wilson out of the University of Arkansas.
Wilson is a strong armed quarterback but will need to quicken his release in the NFL. It is said that he is a great leader in the huddle and locker room. He stands in the pocket well with his 6-foot-two frame and is not afraid to take a hit.
Wilson struggled last year in his senior season as the whole program did. To get a better idea of his potential you have to look at his junior season when he led the Arkansas Razorbacks to 11 wins. That year, he earned All-SEC accolades after passing for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
Wilson's downfall last season can partially be attributed to the loss of three solid wide receivers and the firing of head coach Bobby Petrino. During his senior year, he thew for 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with 3,387 yards.
Wilson does a solid job breaking down defenses and leading his receivers, which is always something coaches hope to see in a quarterback in the pros.
It will be interesting to see how much the coaching staff can help Wilson fine tune his mechanics and when he will be ready to take over the reins in Oakland. As if the quarterback situation in Oakland wasn't interesting enough, they quite possibly could have made it even more interesting.
This is a good pick by Reggie with him seemingly wanting to pick up a quarterback in this year's draft. Some analysts believe that Wilson is the most underrated quarterback in this year's draft based on his potential.