Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 4/30/13

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.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bengals say no rash decisions on Pacman Jones after arrest

Chris Long will not re-sign with Patriots, hints he wants bigger role

Nerlens Noel late for Mavs team plane, loses chance to start

Ex-NFLer Will Allen sentenced to six years in prison for Ponzi scheme

Five Richmond baseball players suspended for playing fantasy football

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kristaps Porzingis: Knicks should have used triangle all season

‘Game of Thrones’ theme nights are coming to MLB

Report: Saban turned down interest from six NFL teams

Browns will listen to offers for first pick in 2017 NFL Draft

Rams officially place franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson

11-year-old writes letters to NBA teams to tout Monmouth player

With Joel Embiid out, who should win Rookie of the Year?

Box Score 3/1: It's all about Durant and his knee

The 'Simone Biles vs. Mr. T dance-off you didn't know you wanted until now' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Daryl Morey burns up the phone lines

The top 10 MLB left fielders headed into spring training 2017

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/28: Fat Tuesday means athletes on floats.

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

NFL 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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

With Joel Embiid out, who should win Rookie of the Year?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Daryl Morey burns up the phone lines

The 'Simone Biles vs. Mr. T dance-off you didn't know you wanted until now' quiz

The top 10 MLB left fielders headed into spring training 2017

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in the 1980s

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker