go to MSN.com
Originally written on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/20/14

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:
PLAYERS: Tyler Wilson
TEAMS: Oakland Raiders
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

76ers fans can get free tickets with a box of Mac & Cheese

Grizzlies players battling team-wide stomach virus

Cut day: Three finalists named for Rays' manager job

ESPN suspends analyst from Twitter for defending evolution

Randy Moss thought call about trade to Patriots was prank

Why would the Nationals want to trade Jordan Zimmermann?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kobe won't take paycut, hints at retiring after contract ends

Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch is 'our guy'

Eric Bledsoe: Kentucky could beat the 76ers

Kendall Wright lobs hilarious shot at Dez Bryant

Jonas Gray shows up late to practice, sent home by Patriots

Paul Pierce: Rivalry with Lebron like 'fighting for the same girl'

Video: Deron Williams destroys Jeremy Lamb with crossover

Jets-Bills game in Detroit will be free admission

New Yorker unveils powerful Redskins Thanksgiving cover

Biggest disappointments of the 2014 NFL Draft class

FSU will wear special #FSUnited ribbon decal on helmets

Food Lion disastrously insults teams in Super Bowl promos

Can Melvin Gordon break Barry Sanders' single-season record?

Game of the week: New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions

WATCH: Duke graduate asst. loses mind to pump up players

Golic recreates Kim Kardashian butt pic after losing bet

Five bold predictions for Week 12 in the NFL

Brian Cashman spends night sleeping on street for charity

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

76ers fans can get free tickets with a box of Mac & Cheese

The Philadelphia 76ers, not surprisingly, are not drawing well so far this season. The team is 0-5 at home (0-11 overall) and are bringing in an average of 14,856 fans per game, bad enough for 28th in NBA attendance rankings, although the fact that nearly 15,000 fans each game speaks to the undying dedication of...Read More The post Philadelphia 76ers fans can get two free tickets...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 hours ago

Grizzlies players battling team-wide stomach virus

  The stomach bug is alive and well in the Memphis Grizzlies locker room.   Seven players are questionable for Friday night’s game against the Boston Celtics because of a stomach virus that kept five players, including Tony Allen, out of their game Wednesday night. The two new players with the bug are Courtney Lee and Jarnell Stokes. The Grizzlies were without Beno...
Via NESN.com
21 hours ago

Cut day: Three finalists named for Rays' manager job

After losing long-time manager Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a new manager. On Friday, they trimmed down the original list of 10 candidates to three finalists. Tampa Bay will chose Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash or Don Wakamatsu to become the teams new manager, the team announced Friday. It will be up to the Rays president of baseball operators Matthrew Silverman to make...
Via On-Base Talk
14 hours ago

ESPN suspends analyst from Twitter for defending evolution

In a headline so improbable it seems like it could only come from a “Seinfeld” episode, ESPN suspended baseball analyst Keith Law from Twitter for getting into an argument with Curt Schilling about evolution. Last week, Schilling, who is also an analyst for ESPN, went on Twitter to discuss and disprove evolution. Schilling responded to...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 hours ago

Randy Moss thought call about trade to Patriots was prank

Randy Moss was so surprised to receive a phone call from Bill Belichick notifying him he was traded to the Patriots back in 2007, he says he thought it was a prank. Moss is in New England this weekend as a broadcaster for the Patriots-Lions game and he sat down with Patriots.com for an interview....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago

Why would the Nationals want to trade Jordan Zimmermann?

When the reports first surfaced that the Washington Nationals had put Jordan Zimmermann on the trade block, it just didn’t seem to make any sense. Why would the defending NL East champions move their ace just over a month after he completed his best season in the Majors? Well, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, there is talk around the league that the primary motivation...
Via Sportsnaut
17 hours ago

Kobe won't take paycut, hints at retiring after contract ends

Kobe Bryant’s days as an NBA player might be numbered. The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard hinted that he wouldn’t play past his last contract — which expires after next season — when he criticized hometown discounts saying they were a “big coup” for owners. Kobe insinuates that he won't be playing beyond his current contract. — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes...
Via NESN.com
16 hours ago

Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch is 'our guy'

I’m not sure if this really qualifies as breaking news unless I put “duh” in the title, but the Seattle Seahawks want Marshawn Lynch back next season. This should come as a surprise to exactly zero people who understand Lynch’s value for Seattle, but don’t take my word for it. Listen to what head coach Pete Carroll told USA Today about the rumors that the Seahawks will...
Via cover32 - Seahawks
18 hours ago

Eric Bledsoe: Kentucky could beat the 76ers

The winless Philadelphia 76ers take on the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Wells Fargo Center and much of the discussion lately has been whether the “tanking” Sixers could beat college powerhouse University of Kentucky. While Kentucky coach John Calipari has stated his team would get crushed by any NBA team, former Wildcat guard Eric Bledsoe believes that not only would Kentucky...
Via Pass The Pill
18 hours ago

Kendall Wright lobs hilarious shot at Dez Bryant

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright has seen his production decline a great deal from a season ago. After putting up 94 receptions for nearly 1,100 yards last year, the former first-round pick has tallied just 43 receptions through 10 games this season. But don’t expect Wright to pull a Dez Bryant and lose it on the field during the game (via The Tennessean). All...
Via Sportsnaut
18 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.