Nov 3, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) looks to pass during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas defeated Tulsa 19-15. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson Impresses Dennis Allen with Strong Arm

Oakland Raiders fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson is not here just to rid the bench. The young man has come to practice ready to play, and is making the most of his opportunity.

CSN Bay Area’s Paul Gutierrez reported that Wilson threw a “hard and accurate ball,” while head coach Dennis Allen lauded his rookie.

“Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Allen told the San Jose Mercury News. “But throwing the ball, he’s done a nice job. I don’t have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy.”

Could Wilson possibly beat out Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn for the starting job? Remember he was the projected first overall selection in mock draft done last year.

In his senior year at Arkansas, Wilson completed 249/401 passes for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Here are some of his qualities, according to

  • Good size and overall strength for a pocket passer.
  • Tough player who bounces up after hits.
  • Steps up into the pocket and stands tall to deliver the ball under duress -– which is just part of outstanding leadership qualities.
  • Arm strength is very impressive in the intermediate game.
Unfortunately, Wilson was handed a poor offensive line, and his numbers during his senior year faltered. For the sake of the Raiders, let’s hope he rebounds and shows that No. 1 pick-potential that he once had.


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