Raiders select Arkansas QB Wilson at No. 112 overall

April 27, 2013, 10:00 am
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ALAMEDA -- The Raiders chose Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Here's a closer look at the selection:

Position: Quarterback
School: Arkansas
Height/weight: 6 foot 2, 215 pounds
College career: Replaced Ryan Mallett in 2011 and was a revelation in the SEC, passing for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns and six interceptions on a 63.2 percent completion rate for the year. He was seen as a potential top draft pick last season but decided to return for his senior year. But after the departure of coach Bobby Petrino last year, Wilson's drop in production mirrored the Razorbacks' free-fall into a 4-8 outfit. He played in 11 games and passed for 3,387 yards last year with 21 TDs and 13 INTs in completing 62.1 percent of his passes.
Scouting report: The Raiders coached against him in the Senior Bowl, so they have a pretty good book on him. He is mobile, but not extremely so and throws a pretty ball. Leadership skills are unquestioned. Far from a "Captain Checkdown" type and has a strong arm in intermediate throws. Questions about deep throws, though. Said to be vulnerable to strip-sacks, due to the way he holds ball low. Can throw the ball from a variety of angles when under pressure.
How he fits: Compared to Brett Favre as a gunslinging-type of pocket passing quarterback, he brings a third dimension to the Raiders' QB room with the West Coast Offense run by Matt Flynn and the enigmatic athleticism favored by Terrelle Pryor. Could be seen as the heir apparent to Flynn as a traditional QB. Could also speak volumes about the Raiders' lack of faith in Pryor as a viable NFL quarterback.
In his words: "I think that’s naturally one of my skills, throwing from a number of positions and under some pressure. I think my technique could use some fine tuning in an optimal setting and that’s really what I’m working on right now, kind of tightening up that release and quickening it up a little bit as well as fine tuning it and making sure I’m very accurate when I do so."
--Tyler Wilson, at the Combine