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.