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GRANT COHN: Raiders and their QB competition

ALAMEDA – The Oakland Raiders traded a 2014 fifth-round pick and a 2015 conditional late-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for 27-year old Matt Flynn on April 1. He is the Raiders' placeholder at quarterback until Tyler Wilson, whom the Raiders drafted four weeks later in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, takes Flynn's job.

"Matt's our starting quarterback as we go forward right now," Raiders' head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday afternoon, and then he added, "until the competition dictates otherwise."

Wilson is the competition, and Tuesday during the Raiders' morning OTA session, he was dictating otherwise.

He was the best passer on the field, and it wasn't close. He was slinging the ball with a tight spiral and hitting receivers in stride.

Many draft experts considered Wilson a first-round prospect after his junior season at the University of Arkansas, and a better prospect than quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whom the Miami Dolphins drafted with the eighth pick in the 2012 draft.

Wilson decided to return to school for his senior season, but his team was decimated by injuries and his head coach, Bobby Petrino, was fired months before the season started for having an affair with a 25-year-old female student. Total program dysfunction followed.

Despite that, Wilson still displayed the attributes that bode well for success in the NFL – arm strength, accuracy, pocket presence, mobility, toughness, intelligence and leadership. And he passed for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and a 143.8 passer rating.

At the Raiders' OTA, almost every pass he threw was on the money. His second pass of team drills – 11-on-11's – was a perfect throw deep down the middle of the field to a receiver running a post route. Touchdown.

But Flynn was not sharp. His arm is not particularly strong, and he was not particularly accurate Tuesday morning, either. He doesn't sling the ball like Wilson. Flynn seems to steer it, or you could say he aims it. He's pretty accurate on short passes, but he's inconsistent on the intermediate and deep throws.

On the first play of team drills, Flynn threw a pass 10 feet over Denarius Moore's head. Moore ran a deep corner route, and when he saw where the pass was going, he stopped sprinting and watched the ball sail out of bounds like a left fielder staring at an upper-deck home run.


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