Q&A with QB Wilson


The Raiders selected Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson with their fourth-round pick Saturday. A short time later, Wilson spoke with the Bay Area media via conference call. Here’s the entire transcript:

Q: What was your level of involvement and contact with the Raiders heading up to this?
Wilson : We had some contact, obviously, they were part of the Senior Bowl. I was on the other team. I was on the Detroit team, but definitely had some contact during the week there at the Senior Bowl and had a one-on-one interview with them a number of times during the week. I thought our connection was very, very good and I thought they were a team going into this that I thought was potentially very, very interesting and so it happened.

Q: How did difficult senior year prepare you for NFL career?
Wilson : Experience as far as my senior year?

Q: Yes, senior year, in terms of what you went through?
Wilson : You know, it as tough. It was a difficult situation. Obviously we were No. 5 in the country, a top five team in my junior season after a great year, went to the Cotton Bowl and you kind of go through a number of things, that test your character, test a lot about you as a football player, and I really love this game and I think that I’m going to be a better player because of it. You learn a lot during those kinds of years.

Q: Regrets about coming back for your senior year?
Wilson: Obviously, I think you, after things pan out you kind of look back and say, `Well, that wasn’t certainly business-wise maybe the smarter thing’ but I’m always, the way I approach it, I know everybody else looks at and probably questions my judgment, but my thought is I wanted to be the most ready, prepared football player that I could be and I thought the only way I could do that would be to go back to school for my senior season, and I think, regardless of what happened, and where you go in the draft, I think I’m a more prepared football player by staying in school. In that regard, I’m extremely happy that I’ve got an opportunity, and still have an opportunity to stay in the NFL.

Q: Did you think you’d go earlier, upset you’re a fourth-round pick?
Wilson : Well, I think it being such a different year in the draft, that I did expect to go a little bit earlier, but I’m so excited I think the situation, going into it, everybody said the situation is what is most important. It’s not necessarily what round or what slot or that, but it’s the situation and I think the situation in Oakland is perfect. My dad’s from the California area, he’s from Southern California , but there’s definitely a lot of family out there. You look at the organization, there’s a lot of tradition in Oakland with three Super Bowls. There’s a lot going on in the right direction. And I’m excited that I get to come in and compete, and potentially have a chance of playing on Sunday and leading the football team. That’s what I’m excited to do is get there as fast as I possibly can and start getting in the playbook.

Q: they have QBs with combined total of three starts, a new offense, so everybody starting off same page, do you look at this as chance to come in and start as a rookie?
Wilson : I think any competitor would agree that they want to play, they want to start, they want to come in and work. But talking to the coaches on the phone, they say, we want you to come in and compete your tail off, and that’s my approach. Wherever that leads me, we’ll see at the end of the day. Obviously we’ve got three pretty good guys in there and I’m going ot come in and compete like crazy.

Do you have an issue with concussions?
“I had the one last year, the Dr. Collins in Pittsburgh, who’s kind of the foremost expert on concussions. Very much cleared in his regard, and got his checkmark of approval, so I feel very confident. I played the remainder of eight games at Arkansas with no problems there, and took some pretty good licks. So I feel very good in that regard.”

Do you take too many hits?
“I think, one, it goes back to playing in a tough conference. And we had to throw the ball in order to be successful. During the two seasons that I was there, we kind of struggled running the football. So there were a lot of teams that were pinning their ears back and trying to pressure us a lot. Unfortunately, it was that type of a situation where a lot of times you had to sit in there and rip it, because of the situation we were in at Arkansas. As a quarterback you’re gonna have to take some shots and compete to give us a chance to win. I knew that. Fortunately, and unfortunately, I was able to take a hit. I think that’s part of my game a little bit.”

Looking forward to playing with Darren McFadden?
“No question. Grew up here in Arkansas as an Arkansas fan, and watched him do what he did for the school and for the university. Obviously he’s done pretty well out there. So anxious to get back there with him and build a relationship and see if we can’t work together.”

How much did former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino help your development as a QB?
“He’s a tremendous quarterback coach. It’s a quarterback university at whatever school he’s at. The practice is tailored around the quarterback position. So I think any quarterback who plays for him has an advantage on a lot of other quarterbacks from schools because of the knowledge that he expects you to know and the amount of pressure and substance that he puts on the quarterback’s shoulders. I think some years that’s really, really good, and some years it’s a little tougher. But I think I’m ahead of the curve in a lot of ways as far as a freshman coming in – or, I’m sorry, as a rookie coming in – because of what Coach Petrino kind of instilled in the quarterback position. So I’m excited to get in there and learn and figure out what we’re doing offensively. And I think we’ll be ready to go.”

Who did you talk to when Raiders called?
“I talked to Coach Allen. Coach Allen was one of the first people I talked to. As well as Coach (John) DeFilippo and Coach (Greg) Olson. Those were the first few guys I talked to.”


Steve Corkran

  • redshirt

    John@Waterfrontcomics Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    Still hopping for my sleeper pick of Barrett Jones in this round.


    lol he went two rounds ago

  • Last year was his first full season at TE. Caught 25 passes and blocked well.

  • rediaR

    “Frequently fights the ball and double catches. Allows ball to get into pads too often. Continues to improve with more experience in this area, though. Flashes ability to pluck over his head. Also flashes ability to secure ball in traffic and held onto several throws in 2012 while taking a good shot.”

  • papertiger418

    Who do we pick next?

  • BabySlash

    Mi kasa su kasa

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Brahs, did you all hear that Nob bust hand selected Kasa as our TE of the future?

    He spent all night reviewing game tape in his maintenance shed to determine this

    No, seriously


  • Positives
    Kasa does a good job getting out of his stance quickly, although there were times where he was unable to get a good first step. Kasa uses form blocking technique, keeping his hands inside and shows the ability to block aggressively and physically, and will punch when he needs to fend off the pass rush. Kasa’s strong legs enable him to both drive a DE/LB forward or hold his own and maintain balance against the bigger athletes. Kasa also shows the ability to go down the seam quickly and can create a miss-match with LB’s in coverage and is a quick route runner, although his footwork will need to become more crisp in order to become a more dangerous receiving TE. Kasa shows the ability to run curl routes effectively as his ability to get down will cause LB to freeze.
    While Kasa is a guy that can get down the field quickly and create a mis-match in coverage, he will need to improve his footwork that will enable him to run crisper routes as he does not show the ability to break coverage on routes to the sideline or over the middle. I would like to see him plant his foot better to freeze the LB. He will also need to improve his hands as he had a few dropped passes in the games I evaluated and needs to do a better job in securing the ball as the ball was knocked out upon contact. Kasas will also need to become more consistent on his first step to allow him more leverage when asked to block. While he has solid footwork and slides his feet well and shows the ability to recover on a missed block, Kasa showed some poor body control and positioning on blocks, enabling the DE to gain leverage on him and get him off balance.
    Kasa is a very solid athlete and shows his willingness to do what he is asked to for his team. He was moved to TE 8 games into his Junior season from DE so he still has somewhat of a learning curve. As a former DE, he will have the instincts in both blocking and in route running and can use that to his advantage. Kasa is a solid blocker, he shows the strength, the technique and can be very physical when he has to be in order to fend off the pass rush. He has strong legs that enable him to withstand the pressure from the outside and uses the strength to muscle the pass rusher. He uses good technique for the most part, although at times he will bend his waist enabling the pass rusher to gain some leverage on him. As far as receiving goes he can be a solid receiver as he has the quickness and speed to go down the seam and create mis-matches with LB’s and also uses his speed as an advantage on curl routes as his speed will cause the LB to freeze due to the deep threat. In order for him to improve and be a more reliable receiver he will need to improve his footwork and show that he can create separation in short to medium routes, and he must become stronger in securing the ball once he makes the catch as he showed a tendency to drop the ball at contact. Overall, Kasa is a very solid blocking tight end but will need to improve on his receiving skills in order to become a more well-rounded Tight End at the next level.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/draft-2013/tracker/#ixzz2RhB35R2z

  • aig-raiders

    at least we know he likes girls

  • PilagingJustForFun

    That’s the TE they wanted

  • CDERaider

    COMPARES TO: Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants — Like Boss (who hailed from Western Oregon), Kasa is a potential diamond in the rough who, with a little polishing, has the size and speed to develop into a potential NFL starter.

    –Rob Rang

  • Wow I need to not smoke so much.

  • PlunkforHOF

    On the clock again

  • Mad Stork

    Is it true that the Kruger from Utah is Bergstrom’s brother in law?

  • irjonny

    maybe take otten anyways. need depth at that position

  • BabySlash

    Is this cat better than the TE from UCLA ???

  • PilagingJustForFun


  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Kasa is slated as a big guy that struggles catching the ball. Cue the Reggie is doing things the right way line

  • Joe Kruger
    Joe Kruger
    Joe Kruger

    280 Lbs

    Joe is the youngest of three Kruger brothers. Paul plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Dave just finished his Utah career as a four-year starting defensive tackle. His father played football for Oregon State and his brother-in-law, Tony Bergstrom, was an all-Pac-12 offensive lineman for the Utes in 2011, was a third-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. In high school, Kruger lettered all four years in both football and basketball. In his senior football season, he had 51 tackles and led the state with 15 sacks.

    As a true freshman, Kruger saw action in all 13 games, but mainly as a special teams player. He earned Academic All-MWC honors. In 2011, Kruger played in 13 games, and logged seven starts. He had 35 tackles (five for loss), and three sacks. In his junior year, Kruger had 30 tackles (eight for loss), one interception (which he returned for a touchdown), and six sacks. He was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention.

  • lefty12

    Read this-stays after practices and catches 100s of balls from the jugs machine.

  • CDERaider

    6’6 270 runs a 4.7 and has a 31.5 inch vertical – pretty impressive. He’ll provide competition at TE right away.

    It’s now or never for Ausberry.

  • tonedeezy


  • shutdown

    What did we do, trade? What did we get, another 6?

  • RaiderFan-n-KC

    did oakland trade back

  • BabySlash

    Swope gone !

  • CDERaider

    what’d we get in the trade down with texans?

  • boss01

    Raiders got 205 and?

  • boss01

    184 & 233

  • tonedeezy

    we got 13 and 16 of this round

  • tonedeezy

    still at 37 too

  • ohioraider

    Called it! Eat that, Dr robert.

  • dr_robert

    Wow. A long time ago, I said we needed ten picks in this draft and that’s what we are gonna have.

    Add ten UDFAs too.


  • kuhlest


    Da’Rick Rogers-WR

    next 2 picks…..come on reggie

  • itzSteve

    Reggie just adding as many picks as he can at this point. Just means fewer UDFA phone calls later on…

  • kuhlest

    who is Latavious Murray?

  • tonedeezy

    At Central Florida’s pro day, Murray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.38 seconds. He had a 10-foot-4 broad jump and a 36-inch vertical jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds. He also performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

  • kuhlest

    special teams guy waiting in the wing for when dmac gets injuried for his shot…

  • tonedeezy

    Mychal Rivera

    Solid move-the-chains receiver with the required toughness for the position. Good hands and flexibility to bring in passes on the run and continue over the middle or downfield. Extends his arms, and catches the ball off his frame. Has strider’s speed to threaten the seam. Runs tough and will stiff-arm oncoming defenders after the catch. Flashes athleticism to leap defenders and flexibility to avoid linebackers on crossers. Gives good effort as an in-line blocker, moves his feet, extends his strong arms, and usually gets his hands on his target’s numbers. Willing to sustain throughout the play against ends or linebackers, also against second-level targets from a stand-up position. Also does his job when lined up as a lead blocker in the backfield.
    Needs to add more mass to hold up at the point of attack as a blocker. Straight-line speed and explosion off the line are also average, might not separate from NFL linebackers consistentlyl. Lateral quickness is also average, can be out-quicked on the edge to allow his man into the play, ends up on the ground at times when blocking on the move from the backfield.
    NFL Comparison
    Dante Rosario
    Bottom Line
    Rivera originally signed with Oregon out of high school, but the Ducks’ depth at tight end caused him to transfer to a junior college for one year before arriving in Knoxville. After one season behind Luke Stocker, he began really using his hands and athleticism to help the Volunteers in 2011 and 2012. Rivera fits the current trend of teams searching for pass-catching tight ends able to take advantage of coverage mismatches, so he might earn late-round grades come April.

  • elboocho

    good pick and here is a link to an honest evaluation of his skill set. I believe his kinks can be worked out and become a starter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81jLeMYwMkY&feature=player_detailpage