The Raiders can't afford to blow draft picks. They're in the middle of the deepest rebuilding project in the league, and with so much dead cap space, they needed to hit on draft picks.
Instead, they've already cut a fourth-round pick before he even plays a regular-season game.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson's drop is shocking. Before he came back for his final season at Arkansas he was considered a possible top 10 NFL draft pick. He struggled as a senior, fell to the fourth round and now he's out of a job after the lowly Raiders cut him. Pro Football Talk was the first to report that news.
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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.
Despite being praised during minicamps (kids, let's remember this next year when observers are going crazy over rookies in meaningless practices), Wilson plummeted quickly in training camp. He was well behind undrafted Matt McGloin in the preseason.
The Raiders' decision to cut him now means they do not think he can be salvaged. This is a team that entered Sunday with two punters on the roster (they did cut Chris Kluwe Sunday afternoon to get down to one). And no clear quarterback of the future either. The Raiders, who aren't going to make the playoffs this year anyway, could afford to use a roster spot on a fourth-round pick at quarterback if they thought there was any chance Wilson could develop into a competent player. By cutting Wilson now, they're announcing they think he has absolutely no future as a NFL quarterback. Or they'd have no problem keeping him around to develop. It's a really bad mistake by general manager Reggie McKenzie. Wilson was the highest pick in the 2013 draft cut over the weekend. Seahawks receiver Chris Harper was the only other fourth-round pick cut.
Perhaps the Raiders didn't use him right and some other team can turn him around. He has to have some skills to justify that 2012 draft hype, which came before he made the regrettable decision to come back for another year (how could he have known Bobby Petrino would sink Arkansas' season with his idiocy?).
But 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.