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2013 NFL Draft: Analysis of Oakland Raiders Taking Tyler Wilson in Fourth Round

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 23:  Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks throws a pass against the LSU Tigers at Razorback Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 20-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIApril 27, 2013

Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders were at it again on Saturday morning as they found another trade-down partner in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

After moving down 12 slots in the fourth round, the Raiders selected a quarterback. The newest QB to be suiting up for the Raiders will be Tyler Wilson from Arkansas. Oakland got him with the 112th-overall pick.

In starting for just two years at Arkansas, Wilson combined to throw for more than 7,000 yards and 45 touchdowns. He earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2011 when he took his team to the Cotton Bowl. To win in the SEC (the best conference in college football) is usually a good sign of a player's ability to win in the NFL.

Wilson will be going to an Oakland Raiders team that already has Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor competing for the starting job. It is not much of a competition, though, as Flynn is expected to be the starter based on his new contract with Oakland.

The Raiders' selection of Wilson has to be seen as a sign of displeasure with the development of Pryor, who was in line to be the quarterback of the future. Pryor will now have to fight off Wilson as he watches Flynn lead the team on the field.

With Pryor already on the roster, the Raiders should have looked to address other areas of need rather than add another young arm in the fourth round.

Oakland still has glaring needs at safety and on both sides of the trenches and a lineman would have added some much-needed depth and competition.

Pryor looked to be growing nicely based on his one start last year, but apparently the Raiders saw otherwise. If they were happy with Pryor, they would have most likely added a veteran QB in free agency to come and compete as a "camp arm" who would be cut once the season began. 

Using a draft pick, and a middle-round pick at that, signals that Wilson will not be leaving Oakland anytime soon. 


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