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...

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

James Winston suspended for 1st half against Clemson

Tweet#1 Florida State has suspended 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for the first half of their Saturday matchup against 22nd ranked Clemson, according to a report from ESPN. Winston reportedly was yelling obscenities on campus earlier this week, causing the Seminoles to sit their starting QB for a half. “As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes...
Via Los That Sports Blog
25 minutes ago

Report: Panthers expected to put Greg Hardy on exempt list

After the Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the exempt list, the Carolina Panthers are deciding whether they should do the same. According to a report from Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, the team has met with defensive end Greg Hardy and are reportedly expected to place Hardy on the exempt list. Mark Maske of the […]
Via Full Scale Sports
2 hours ago

NFL, NFLPA reach agreement on drug policy, players reinstated

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the NFL and the Players Association have finally reached an agreement on a new drug policy. According to Rapoport, an official announcement is expected to come at some point in the near future. The new drug policy includes HGH testing that is expected to get underway by the end of the month. The deal has also raised the threshold for...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
2 hours ago

Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg ... again ... makes steroid crack

Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have long been rivals in the MMA world despite never facing each other. Cyborg dominated the Strikeforce women’s featherweight division from 2009-2010 before Rousey took over in 2011. The Brazilian fighter, who is 12-1 (with one no contest) in her pro MMA career, tested positive for steroids following her […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 hours ago

Lolo Jones eliminated from 'DWTS' after one performance

Lolo Jones hoped she had found something she could win in “Dancing With The Stars,” but that was far from the case. The track star turned bobsledder struggled mightily in the first episode of the latest season of the celebrity dance competition, and she was the first competitor eliminated on Tuesday night. Jones knew she was in trouble after struggling through the first dance...
Via NESN.com
5 hours ago

Adrian Peterson on exempt list, out indefinitely

The Minnesota Vikings have used the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List on running back Adrian Peterson, which requires him to stay away from team activities and the facility until his current bout with the law is completed. The #Vikings statement in its entirety on placing Adrian Peterson on “Exempt/ Commissioner’s Permission list…” pic.twitter.com/byFI31roMs — Sean...
Via Sportsnaut
10 hours ago

Brandon Marshall calls out ESPN for misleading him

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was once considered what was wrong about the National Football League. During his days with the Denver Broncos, the Pro Bowl receiver had multiple issues with the team and was viewed as a cancer within the organization.  Marshall had also been accused of domestic violence earlier in his NFL playing career. The now model citizen was diagnosed...
Via Sportsnaut
15 hours ago

Stevens backs Rondo: He's big part of rebuilding effort

If Brad Stevens gets things his way, Rajon Rondo will be around for a while. Despite all the trade rumors, the Boston Celtics head coach sees his star point guard as a centerpiece in the team’s rebuilding efforts. “I love him. I really think he’s a big part of what we’re doing,” Stevens told The Berkshire Eagle. “Hopefully, he can have a great year right from the get...
Via NESN.com
16 hours ago

Hawks giving Dominique Wilkins statue outside of arena

The Atlanta Hawks held a press conference concerning the sale of the team. But it was also revealed that a Hawks legend will be getting his own statue very soon. It’s long overdue, in fact. Via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Dominque Wilkins will get a statue on March 6, 2015. — Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) September 16, 2014 Dominique Wilkins played...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
18 hours ago

Vandals burn phallic symbol onto high school field

Police investigators reportedly are seeking warrants in an attempt to collar a group of vandals who utilized a grass-killing agent they purchased on the Internet to burn a penis into the football field at a high school in Bedford, Mich. The suspects in question allegedly are two teenagers who say they got the idea of […] The post Vandals burn 100-yard penis into Michigan high school...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day 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.