By Jason Jones
ALAMEDA - The Raiders traded down in the fourth round and used the pick on Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson.
Wilson (6-2, 218) threw for 3,387 yards with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a senior. Wilson was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior when he passed for 3,638 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The Raiders traded for Matt Flynn to be their starting quarterback earlier this month. Terrelle Pryor is the other quarterback on the roster.
Wilson is a more of a traditional dropback passer along the lines of Flynn. Pryor would appear more suited for a system that would take advantage of his ability to run so Wilson would appear to have a good chance to be Flynn's backup.
Wilson said on a conference call with reporters that he looks at coming to Oakland as a chance to earn playing time as a rookie.
"I think any competitor would agree that they want to play, they want to start, they want to come in and work," Wilson said. "But talking to the coaches on the phone, they say, we want you to come in and compete your tail off, and that's my approach. Wherever that leads me, we'll see at the end of the day. Obviously we've got three pretty good guys in there and I'm going to come in and compete like crazy."
Wilson's production slipped as a senior in part due to a coaching change when Bobby Petrino was removed in the offseason following the controversy surrounding a mistress he'd given a job with the team.
If Wilson had left school after his junior season, he might have been selected earlier in the draft.
"Obviously, I think you, after things pan out you kind of look back and say, `Well, that wasn't certainly business-wise maybe the smarter thing,'" Wilson said. "But I'm always, the way I approach it, I know everybody else looks at and probably questions my judgment, but my thought is I wanted to be the most ready, prepared football player that I could be and I thought the only way I could do that would be to go back to school for my senior season, and I think, regardless of what happened, and where you go in the draft, I think I'm a more prepared football player by staying in school. In that regard, I'm extremely happy that I've got an opportunity, and still have an opportunity to stay in the NFL."
Wilson missed time last season with a concussion. He said there are no lingering affects and he's been cleared without limitations.
Wilson also got to know the Raiders coaching staff in the Senior Bowl. Even though Wilson played on the opposing team, Wilson said he was able to get to know the coaches through interviews with the Raiders at the Senior Bowl.