Tyler Wilson Selection Creates More Quarterback Controversy for Oakland Raiders

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 27, 2013

Sep 29, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) throws a pass against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 15th pick in the fourth round (No. 112 overall), the Oakland Raiders selected Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas. By doing so, the organization has added yet another serviceable quarterback to its stable and added to the conundrum that coach Dennis Allen has to sort out this offseason.

During training camp, Wilson will compete with Terrelle Pryor—the third-year man selected in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft—and the recently acquired Matt Flynn for the starting job.

Because none of these players have consistently proven themselves at the NFL level, it’s hard to predict who will wind up the winner of this three-horse race.

Wilson has a ton of upside and was considered a legitimate first-round prospect after an excellent junior campaign in which he completed 277 of his 438 passes for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

But with coach Bobby Petrino’s firing and an abysmal start to the 2012 campaign, the senior signal-caller fell all the way to the fourth round. Still, he still managed to connect on 249 of his 401 attempts for 3,387 yards, 21 TDs and 13 INTs.

The 6’2” prospect has the right mentality and arm strength to compete with these two guys, especially if he can improve on his accuracy.

Meanwhile, Flynn has bounced around the league over the past few years, but not to any fault of his own. He was Aaron Rodgers’ understudy in Green Bay for four seasons, putting together some monster performances that made him a highly valuable free agent in 2011.

Right before hitting the open market, the former LSU star went 31-of-44 for 480 yards, six touchdowns and an interception against the Detroit Lions to close out the 2011 campaign. He put together a similarly noteworthy performance at the tail end of the 2010 season, connecting on 24-of-37 attempts for 251 yards, three TDs and an interception.

Unfortunately for the six-year veteran, Russell Wilson was simply the better player for the Seattle Seahawks that summer and won the starting gig, relegating Flynn back to the bench.

Pryor is the wild card that could keep Flynn on the pine and have Wilson holding the clipboard, as he’s in a make-or-break season and should be primed to make the leap or flame out of the league.

After a scandalous end to his decorated Ohio State career, the former Buckeyes star hasn’t seen much NFL action. He had a shot to start the Raiders final game of the 2012 season, which resulted in an up-and-down performance.

He only completed 13 of his 28 passes for 150 yards, but two of those went for touchdowns (and one for an interception.) He also ran nine times for 49 yards and a score, showing off his elusiveness that made him a star in Columbus.

All three of these promising prospects should get a legit chance to earn the starting job under center for Oakland. It’s going to be an exciting positional battle and one that will certainly be worth following this offseason.