New QB Wilson looking to 'compete tail off'

New QB Wilson looking to 'compete tail off'
April 27, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Tyler Wilson threw for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions on a 63.2 percent completion rate in 2011. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ALAMEDA -- With just two quarterbacks on the roster in Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor, you knew the Raiders would be adding at least one more signal caller at some point.

But to draft one as highly-regarded as Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, who tumbled to Oakland in the fourth round, No. 112 overall?

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"I did expect to go a little bit earlier," Wilson admitted in a Saturday conference call with media members. "But I’m so excited. It’s not necessarily what round or what slot, but it’s the situation and I think the situation is perfect. My dad’s from the California area, he's from Southern California, but definitely a lot family out there. You look at the organization, there’s a lot of tradition in Oakland with three Super Bowls, a lot going on there in the right direction and I’m excited that I get to come in there and compete, potentially having a chance to play on Sundays and lead the football team.

"So that’s what I’m excited to do is get there as quick as I possibly can and start getting into the playbook."

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said this week that Flynn will enter OTA's atop the depth chart, but added there will be competition along the way.

"The coaches talked to me on the phone," Wilson said. "They said, '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, but obviously we’ve got three pretty good guys in there and I’m going to come in and compete like crazy."

The Raiders coached against Wilson in the Senior Bowl, and Oakland sixth-round draft pick Mychal Rivera, was teammates with Wilson on the South squad.

"Tyler Wilson has a great arm and he's a great leader," Rivera said, "and that's really important as a quarterback, to be a great leader. He steps into the huddle and he demands your attention, and that's very important for a quarterback."

Wilson said the first Raiders officials he spoke to after they drafted him were coach Dennis Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Olson and QB coach John DeFilippo.

But Wilson will also see a familiar, if not quite known face when he arrives in Oakland -- the one belonging to two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up and Razorback great Darren McFadden.

"No question," Wilson said. "I grew up in Arkansas, I was an Arkansas fan and watched him do what he did for the school, for the university and, obviously, has done pretty well. So I'm anxious to get back there with him, build a relationship and see is we can't work together."