The Oakland Raiders have signed draft pick Tyler Wilson to a rookie contract, the team announced on Tuesday.
Wilson was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Arkansas, where he spent four seasons as their quarterback.
In his senior year, Wilson completed 249/401 passes for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He was projected in many mock drafts last year to be the first overall selection in the draft, but the poor campaign resulted in him dropping to the fourth round.
Nonetheless, Wilson has made a big impression on the Raiders during practices and training sessions thus far, according to the media.
- Chris Mortensen of ESPN suggested Raiders officials believe Wilson “looks a little better than (they) thought” he would.
- Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times wrote that it’s “not a stretch” to believe that Wilson could surpass Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor to win the starting quarterback job.
- 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.”
Wilson’s signing leaves the Raiders with two more rookies to lock up: first round pick D.J. Hayden and second round pick Menelik Watson.