2013 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders pick Tyler Wilson after trading down

By Josh Walfish
Arkansas Razorbacks Tyler Wilson
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The Oakland Raiders must really love the sixth round.

Reggie McKenzie picked up Oakland’s fourth pick in that round as the Raiders moved down in the fourth round. The trade was smart because it gave the Raiders some more picks to fill out the roster and allows them to get a lot of good value picks. Oakland had a lot of sixth- and seventh-round selections to begin with, so the scouts definitely have a lot of targets in that area.

Once they settled in at pick No. 112, the Raiders made the bold move of picking Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas. The quarterback was a good value pick, although I’m pretty sure Oakland thought Ryan Nassib would be there for them.

Wilson is a pocket passer with good size and average arm strength. He has a long delivery, and he is a gunslinger who trusts his receivers too much some times, but there was a lot of value in taking him at No. 112. Wilson set the world on fire with his junior year, but was hampered by all the turmoil at Arkansas during his senior year.

Wilson will come in and challenge Terrelle Pryor for the backup spot behind Matt Flynn, a competition that is surely welcome in the Bay Area.

There is some concern Oakland has not addressed the offensive line yet, but I don’t blame McKenzie for going after a quarterback in the fourth round. The run on signal callers has commenced, and the Raiders did not want to miss the party. At this point in the draft, no player is perfect, but given Oakland’s need for a quarterback, Wilson is a good pick.

I’ll give the pick an A-.

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