The Raiders got their man, or maybe their second-best man, in the fourth round on Saturday.
League sources said Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was targeting USC quarterback Matt Barkley with the third pick of the fourth round (No. 100), but the Eagles traded up to No. 98 to get him. The Raiders then traded down 12 spots (adding a sixth-round pick from the Bucs) and selected Arkansas' Tyler Wilson.
McKenzie danced around the question of whether Oakland wanted Barkley, saying he likes Wilson's "ability to move around the pocket and toughness to hang in there and see the field."
Oakland started the day with only recently acquired Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. McKenzie has said Flynn will open offseason workouts as the starter but will have competition - just maybe not from day one from Wilson.
"I want him to learn the playbook first," McKenzie said, "make sure he gets behind the center and not the guard."
The Raiders added seven players on the day for a total of 10 in the three-day draft. They started with seven selections and added three more by trading down. The most notable Day 3 picks besides Wilson were tight ends Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera in the sixth round and pass rusher David Bass in the seventh, all potentially filling areas of great need for Oakland.
Just like third-round pick Sio Moore, the Raiders coaching staff got to know Wilson well at the Senior Bowl. Wilson played for the South team, against Dennis Allen's North team, and said in a phone call that he had a lot of one-on-ones with Raiders coaches.
Wilson said he was a little upset that he didn't get drafted earlier, but that it is all about the "situation," and he is very happy about the one he is walking into.
"I am very excited to having a chance to come in and compete for a chance to play on Sunday," he said.
Wilson completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,387 yards and 21 touchdowns with 13 interceptions last season. He was better in 2011 - before coach Bobby Petrino left in a scandal - completing 63.2 percent for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions.
The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Wilson has a decent arm and throws well on the run, but his delivery is on the slow side and he has a tendency to drop the ball below his waist.
"The coaches will have to work on his mechanics," McKenzie said. "These guys coming in as rookies, they're all going to have to get coached up."
Former NFL general manager Phil Savage, executive director of the Senior Bowl, said Wilson did a nice job in Mobile in January.
"He seemed in control of the huddle and appeared to understand the reads he was being asked to make," Savage said last week. "Tyler does not have the pure arm talent or size of his predecessor, Ryan Mallett. However, he has substantially more leadership and intangibles and probably better anticipation in delivering the football."
Besides the Eagles, the Giants also traded up and took Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib before Oakland took Wilson.
Like Moore and Wilson, Kasa and Rivera were Senior Bowl players. Kasa is 6-5, 271, and had 25 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns for Colorado. Rivera caught 36 passes for 562 yards and five touchdowns last season for Tennessee.
The Raiders lost starting tight end Brandon Myers in free agency and have only David Ausberry and Richard Gordon with experience at the position.
Oakland also added Central Florida running back Latavius Murray (198 carries, 1,106 yards, 15 touchdowns) , Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee and San Diego State receiver Brice Butler before answering their fans' cries for a pass-rushing defensive end in the seventh round.