Nov 10, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) is pressured by Arizona State Wildcats nose tackle Will Sutton (90) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Arizona State 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Wanted to Draft Matt Barkley Instead of Tyler Wilson

Imagine the media circus surrounding the Oakland Raiders if Matt Barkley was on the team.

According to the National Football Post, the Raiders were planning to select the USC product with the 112th pick in the fourth round, but the Philadelphia Eagles wanted him more, apparently.

The Eagles traded up with Jacksonville for the 98th pick, and nabbed Barkley right there.

So the Raiders were forced to go with their “fallback” option, selecting Tyler Wilson, a quarterback out of Arkansas.

The NFP report says that according to some talent evaluators, Barkley could be the best quarterback in the 2013 draft class over the long haul. While he will not be seeing the field much next season behind Nick Foles and Michael Vick in Philadelphia, he certainly is waiting in the wings for Chip Kelly’s squad.

Meanwhile, the Raiders seem satisfied with Wilson, who was not their No. 1 choice. He has garnered positive reports in recent months from the media, and appears to be putting some pressure on Matt Flynn for the starting job.

The Raiders were aware of the fact that Flynn may be prone to losing the starting job in training camp, like he did last season in Seattle. So it really is no surprise to learn that they were after a promising quarterback in the fourth round, just to see how he would compete with Flynn.

While they wanted Matt Barkley to be that guy, they’ll have to ride Tyler Wilson’s potential for now.

Tags: Matt Barkley Oakland Raiders Tyler Wilson

  • Gregg Brennan

    Thank god the Eagles were dumb enough to jump up and grab Barkley. Another USC QB who will prove that he can’t play in the NFL.

  • holy roller

    remeber “marajuanavich”………..

    • woo woo woo

      even palmer and leinart

      • holy roller

        I’m sayin……..

  • Allen Ellis

    Look at Wilsons stats at Arkansas compared to Barkley. Wilson has been a winner his whole life. If it weren’t for Arkansas’ abysmal season last year, Wilson would have been the first quarterback taken in the draft hands down. He’s the perfect fit for Oakland and will prove to be one of the top rookies next season and I have no doubt in my mind he will win the starting spot. Oakland got a steal with Wilson. And he’s got heart and toughness not seen from most qbs even in the Pros.

    • goldenbaysports

      A Sports Illustrated mock draft from last year had Wilson as the No. 1 overall pick in the ENTIRE draft. Last season must have been really bad for him to drop this low.