Tyler Wilson, the Oakland Raiders fourth round draft pick, has been cut, according to a Sunday report from Yahoo! Sports.
During the 2012 college football season, many Razorback fans had high hopes for Wilson, who ended up with the unfortunate task of helping his team through a season wrought with scandal following the affair, motorcycle accident, and subsequent firing of then-Head Coach Bobby Petrino.
Unfortunately, what should have been a great senior year for Tyler Wilson was plagued by a hapless interim coach and a 4-8 season, which would include the second largest fall ever in a Top 25 college football poll.
Nevertheless, the Raiders took a chance on the Greenwood, Arkansas, native and picked him up late in the NFL Draft.
On Sunday, Yahoo! Sports’ Frank Schwab described Wilson’s decline as “shocking.”
“Before he came back for his final season at Arkansas he was considered a possible top 10 NFL draft pick,” Schwab writes. “He struggled as a senior, fell to the fourth round and now he’s out of a job after the lowly Raiders cut him. … The idea to take a shot on a quarterback in the fourth round was smart for the Raiders. But Wilson was so bad he’s looking for a job already.”
Schwab added that “if you can’t make the Raiders, the only team that was still auditioning players in Week 4 to determine a starting quarterback, that’s a terrible sign for Wilson’s NFL future.”
Wilson had impressed scouts during the minicamps, but quickly declined once he entered training camp.
In a separate report on NFL.com, Wilson struggled “mightily” over the summer months and was ultimately outplayed by the un-drafted rookie Matt McGloin.
“By cutting Wilson, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was willing to admit he missed badly on the pick,” the report stated.
So what about it, Hog fans, did the Raiders act too soon in cutting Tyler Wilson?
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