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Quarterback from Arkansas could someday push for starting job

  • FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2012 file photo, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) throws as South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger (36) pressures during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C. When the NFL Draft rolls around, the second-guessing officially begins as some of college football's highest-profile quarterbacks find out if an extra year in school cost them millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

ALAMEDA — On Day Three of the 2013 NFL draft, the Raiders seemed to operate under a guiding principle: You can't win in this league if you don't have some skill at your skill positions.

Among Oakland's seven selections Saturday were a major-college quarterback, a pair of tight ends and a couple of guys who will bring top-tier speed at running back and wide receiver.

It made sense for a team that ranked 18th in the NFL in total yardage (344 per game), 26th in scoring (290 points) and 28th in rushing yardage (88.8 per game) in 2012, lost its starting quarterback and two of its three leading receivers during the offseason, and picked up promising defensive players on Day One and Day Two.

But Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie insisted there was no plan to get offensive. It's just the way his draft board lined up.

"The past three days, the one thing we did, we stayed true to the board," McKenzie said. "And the board kind of dictated a lot of what we did, whether it was picking certain players, certain positions, whether it was moving back."


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