go to MSN.com
Found April 28, 2013 on Helmet2Helmet:
PLAYERS: Tyler Wilson
TEAMS: Oakland Raiders

Via Helmet2Helmet:

Like most quarterbacks in this year’s class, Tyler Wilson tumbled down the draft board. Excitement turned to anxiety and then to anger when day three rolled around and he still hadn’t been taken.

To clear his head, the former record-setting Arkansas quarterback ventured out to a local Walmart Supercenter.

And that’s when the Oakland Raiders called, creating a buzz amongst curious shoppers.

“I was fed up with watching so we just got out and then get the phone call there in Walmart, of all places, but that’s good being from Arkansas,” Wilson said, via the Log Cabin Democrat. “He’s standing right next to me and kind of hears the conversation a little bit. I kind felt like everybody in the store at that point had kind of figured out what’s going on. That was fun. We ended up getting out of there without too much harm and ended up getting back and celebrated with friends and family.”

The Raiders took Wilson with their fourth-round selection (112th overall) on Saturday, at least one round later than he anticipated going. He planned — and then subsequently cancelled — a draft party that included a large cake and live band entertainment.

Wilson, understandably, was let down by how things unfolded.

“It was tough. You could see the trend and the way the draft was going based on the needs that teams were taking. You could obviously see they weren’t taking quarterbacks in the first round,” Wilson said. “Then Thursday you see kind of the trend of the way things are going on Thursday — not headed in positive direction you know as far as quarterbacks.

“I think the harder thing would be to see a bunch of (quarterbacks) go, but not seeing any of them come off the board, you’re all sitting in the same boat. I knew the way it was going to do was it was going to be a little bit later than we all anticipated.”

In 2011, Wilson was regarded as a future No. 1 overall pick, before a down 2012 campaign torpedoed his stock. The 23-year-old threw for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions last year as one of the lone bright spots for the 4-8 Razorbacks.

Nevertheless, the 6-foot-2 Wilson, hailed for his pocket presence and vertical accuracy, is just excited to settle in with his new team.

“Obviously, it’s been a long process, a long three days. You hope to get picked a littler sooner going into it,” Wilson said. “But the right situation, I think, is the most important part. And I definitely think I found that situation with Oakland, being in the situation they’re in quarterback-wise. I think I have a chance to go in there and compete and have a chance at playing sometime soon.”

Wilson didn’t go totally unnoticed this year, as ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper in January compared him to Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. While that assessment is extremely premature, his professional career is certainly off to an interesting start.

More from Helmet2Helmet:
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Tyler Wilson Answered Raiders Draft Day Call In A Walmart

This story could definitely be taken the wrong way, but I’m just going to assume that Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is comfortable with himself, and most importantly was tired of stressing NFL Draft politics. Wilson was rumored to be drafted anywhere from the 2nd round to the 4th round, so instead of sitting in front of the TV stressing, Wilson continued to live his life. Wilson...

Matt Flynn Is Raiders’ Starter For Now, Terrelle Pryor And Tyler Wilson Will Compete

Matt Flynn is getting the same old song treatment, and again with a new team.  Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has made it known that Flynn is was acquired to be his starting quarterback. “We’re going to begin with Matt Flynn,” McKenzie said before the draft. “Now, the quarterbacks who will be on the roster from that point on, they will all compete. Like I said, every position...

NFL Draft Day 3: Raiders Select Seven New Players

Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders had seven selections to work with. But thanks to three trade downs performed by general manager Reggie McKenzie and his crew, this year’s draft class brings ten new players to the Silver & Black. Seven of those were selected during the third day of the process, which held rounds four to [...]

It all starts with Matt Flynn, GM Reggie McKenzie has a plan

Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has his quarterback depth chart set and ready. He's going with what he believes is the safest and surest bet, Matt Flynn, with Terrell Pryor slotted in the competing QB category. Now, after the draft, nothing has changed, except Pryor will now have to share that competing role with Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson. “We’re going to begin with...

Tyler Wilson gets drafted while at Walmart in most Arkansas move ever

What better place for former Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson to get his draft phone call from the Oakland Raiders than at a Walmart?

Raiders draft QB Tyler Wilson

The Oakland Raiders used their 4th round pick on Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson in this year’s draft. Wilson is a guy that can come in and compete for the Raiders tarting job with Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn.   Need NFL Tickets? The post Raiders draft QB Tyler Wilson appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

Matt Flynn is the Raiders starter, for now

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Matt Flynn will be the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback heading into next week’;s organized team actitives. “We’re going to begin with Matt Flynn,” said general manager Reggie McKenzie. “Now, the quarterbacks who will be on the roster from that point on, they will all compete. Like I said, every position, it’s all about getting...

Matt Flynn Is Raiders’ Starter, Terrelle Pryor And Tyler Wilson Will Compete

Matt Flynn is getting the same old song treatment, and again with a new team.  Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has made it known that Flynn is was acquired to be his starting quarterback. “We’re going to begin with Matt Flynn,” McKenzie said before the draft. “Now, the quarterbacks who will be on the roster from that point on, they will all compete. Like I said, every position...

Raiders take RB Latavius Murray in 6th round

The Oakland Raiders have selected Central Florida running back Latavius Murray with their second pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Oakland took Murray 181st overall on Saturday with a pick acquired earlier in the day from Tampa Bay for moving down in the fourth round. Murray rushed for 1,106 yards on 198 carries with 15 touchdowns last season. He also caught 27 passes for...

Ex-Raiders assistant Randy Hanson found guilty in beer bottle incident

Former Oakland Raiders assistant Randy Hanson is best known for alleging that then-Raiders head coach Tom Cable broke his jaw and teeth in a 2009 hotel fight. Now he can hang his hat on another event. He was found guilty Monday in a San Luis Obispo courtroom of striking a man with a beer bottle at an area bar, and is now facing up to four years in prison. He likely won't...

Ex-Raiders assistant guilty in attack

A former Oakland Raiders assistant coach is facing up to four years in state prison after being convicted of striking a man with a beer bottle outside a California bar. The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported Monday that jurors found Randy Hanson guilty of felony battery and misdemeanor assault. Hanson is best known for alleging in 2009 that then-Raiders head coach Tom Cable broke...

Grade the Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Draft

(12th overall) D.J. Hayden (Draft Profile) (42nd overall)  Menelik Watson (Draft Profile) (66th overall) Sio Moore (Draft Profile) (112th overall) Tyler Wilson (Draft Profilel (172nd overall) Nick Kasa (Draft Profile) (181st overall) Latavius Murray (Draft Profile) (184th overall) Mychal Rivera (Draft Profile) (205th overall) Stacy McGee (Draft Profile) (209th overall) Brice Butler...

Offseason grades: AFC West

Oakland Raiders Reggie McKenzie has quietly put together one of the best offseasons in all of football this spring. Few seem to realize just how big of a hole the past regime put the second-year general manager in. In 2012, the team had very little salary cap space and didn't have a draft pick until the compensatory picks in the third round. McKenzie went to work in March...

NFL Draft: Raiders 2013 draft recap

Here’s a recap and analysis of the players the Raiders took in the 2013 NFL Draft: D.J. Hayden, cornerback, Houston – first round, 12th overall – Reggie McKenzie trades down to get his guy. Seen as the cornerback of the future. Will compete with Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins to start. Menelik Watson, offensive tackle, Florida State – second round, 42nd overall – Extremely...

Oakland Raiders under Reggie McKenzie continue to target foreign players

One of the more amusing connections between the players that GM Reggie McKenzie has drafted in his first two years has been that almost half of the players drafted were born in foreign countries. Last year's draft included two such players - England's Jack Crawford and and Angola's Christo Bilukidi. The trend continued yesterday when both of Reggie McKenzie'...
Raiders News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Marshawn Lynch's mom takes offense to ESPN article

Marshawn Lynch’s training camp holdout has been widely publicized and is starting to become widely criticized, with some even questioning the Pro Bowl running back’s worth to the Seahawks. ESPN writer Terry Blount is one of those debating whether or not Pete Carroll and John Schneider actually need Lynch for the 2014 season. Blount has poked Beast Mode, or shall we say Blount...
Via Next Impulse Sports
5 hours ago

Vin Scully to announce Dodgers games in 2015

I said it last year at this time and I’ll gladly say it again…those sounds you hear echoing through Chavez Ravine are the dulcet tones of one Vin Scully announcing he’ll be returning next season for his 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast booth. The team made the announcement Tuesday night during their game against the Atlanta Braves and did it in three different...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 hours ago

Peterson agrees to huge extension with Cardinals

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson announced via his Twitter account that he has signed a five-year extension worth $70 million that includes $48 million guaranteed. Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCardinals! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal — Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) July 30, 2014 Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reported earlier...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
3 hours ago

Lester scratched from start amid trade rumors

BOSTON — Jon Lester has spent his entire nine-year career with the Red Sox. His next start could come in a different uniform. Lester, who was been the subject of trade rumors in recent days, has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Brandon Workman will be called up and pitch in...
Via NESN.com
3 hours ago

Urban Meyer gives LeBron sideline pass to Buckeye games

LeBron James has long had a connection to the Ohio State football program. Now that the NBA’s best player is back in his home state, playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, that connection is magnified.  Urban Meyer often speaks highly of Ohio’s favorite athlete. The Buckeye coach has already texted James, who has a sideline pass to each Ohio State game, telling the superstar to...
Via College Spun
16 hours ago

Matt Cain to visit Dr. James Andrews

San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain is making a trip that not many athletes want to make. According to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, Cain will visit Dr. James Andrews, to have Andrews examine his ailing elbow. Cain has been on the DL  since July 21, with inflammation in his elbow. Giants source confirms […]
Via Full Scale Sports
4 hours ago

Anderson Silva will return against Nick Diaz at UFC 183

On Tuesday, it was announced former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) will return to action exactly 13 months and three days after shattering his left shin against champion Chris Weidman. Silva meets Nick Diaz, who is also ending his extended hiatus, at UFC 183. The January 31 show will take place at a yet-to-be announced venue in Las Vegas. The bout will take place...
Via 5thRound.com
8 hours ago

Oakland Raiders considering a move to San Antonio?

If you don’t believe that Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is intent on moving the team from Northern California, this latest report by San Antonio Express-News might just change your mind. According to the outlet, Davis and two of his top deputies have recently met with officials in San Antonio to discuss a potential relocation of the franchise.  On July 18, Davis met with...
Via Sportsnaut
9 hours ago

ESPN gives Stephen A. Smith a week off

They’re not calling it a suspension, but ESPN has decided to keep Stephen A. Smith off its airwaves for a little while. The network, in a statement released to the press on Tuesday, announced “that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week.  He will return to ESPN next Wednesday.” ESPN did not say whether or not Smith would be paid during...
Via Awful Announcing
10 hours ago

Urban Meyer on Tim Tebow’s NFL career: 'I still don’t get it'

(Credit: csmonitor) Tim Tebow is one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in the history of college football, and he enjoyed a brief stint of success with the Denver Broncos in the NFL. However, he was cut from the New England Patriots before the start of the 2013 season, and has been out of the league ever since. Despite this, Tebow has kept training in hopes that a team will give...
Via Sports-Kings
12 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.