FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson finally has his NFL home.
The Oakland Raiders selected Wilson in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 112th overall pick, ending his lengthy wait. He became the second Arkansas played pulled off the board and the sixth quarterback taken this week.
It wasn’t exactly a wait the Greenwood native expected after throwing for 7,025 yards and 45 touchdowns with 19 interceptions in two seasons as a starter at Arkansas. He contemplated entering the 2012 NFL Draft as an underclassman, but returned to the Razorbacks for his senior season to improve his draft stock.
The 2013 NFL Draft has not been kind to quarterbacks, though.
Only three quarterbacks were selected in three rounds.
Florida State’s E.J. Manuel was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 16th pick Thursday night, while the New York Jets took West Virginia’s Geno Smith with the 39th pick in the second round Friday. North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon was the third quarterback taken, going to the Tampa Bay Bucs in the third round (No. 73).
The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to select Southern California’s Matt Barkley with the first pick of the fourth round (No. 98 overall) earlier today. The New York Giants selected Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib (No. 110) nearly an hour later in the fourth round.
Barkley and Wilson were in similar situations last season, turning down a chance to enter the draft as juniors. Neither had a strong senior season and didn’t wow scouts in workouts. Wilson was hopeful he could be taken in the first three rounds, but admitted earlier this week he had prepared for the “absolute worst” as well.
The good news: Wilson’s wait finally ended in the fourth round Saturday.
He’ll join another former Razorback — running back Darren McFadden — in wearing silver and black in Oakland.
Wilson also joins a group of quarterbacks that include Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau