Raiders should be taking hard look at Pryor


I made my case in today’s Bay Area News Group print editions that it’s a no brainer take disgraced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the draft and worry about what position he’ll play later.

That goes for the Raiders and virtually any other team in the league, but when you get right down to it, Pryor would be a classic Al Davis pick.

Pryor’s getting bashed pretty good among talent scouts as being a reach as a quarterback. Maybe so, but a 31-4 record with two BCS bowl wins that included MVP awards is at least worth a look.

I find it remarkable so many people seem to be writing this guy off when he was so comparable to Cam Newton in terms of run-pass skill set and should come at a fraction of the cost in a supplemental draft.

And unlike Newton, Pryor has played a little receiver and looked pretty good doing it.

From what I’ve seen and heard, Pryor will be a third-round pick or later.

He’s got classic Raider speed. Talked at length with Doug Plank the former Bears’ safety who as a volunteer assistant last year with the Buckeyes. He said Pryor was the fastest player on the Ohio State roster.

Plank conceded he wasn’t sure whether Pryor’s future was at quarterback. Plank, however, played on pressure defenses with the Chicago Bears and worked Rex Ryan with the Jets and said the way to make those defenses ordinary is to get a quarterback out on the perimeter, causing them to break down and become ordinary.

Having grown up in Pennsylvania near Pryor’s home town of Jeannette, Plank is admittedly biased. But he swears by the kid despite the issues swirling around him, most of which have to do with accepting tattoos or money for memorabilia.

Pryor was one of the most celebrated recruits in the history of college football, a fearsome power forward who originally committed to Pitt on a basketball scholarship. He was fawned over by adults for years, and he’s probably finding out right now most are bailing out on him in the wake of the Ohio State investigation.

Sounds like a guy who could use a heavy dose of veteran leadership, plying his trade around players like Richard Seymour and with an energetic coach such as Hue Jackson.

He was a football-basketball star on the level of Ronald Curry, and it’s not too difficult to imagine Pryor being a super-sized Curry if quarterback didn’t work out. I don’t see Pryor as a guy who would be a regular, old-style tight end, but how about someone like Antonio Gates or Shannon Sharpe, who were essentially receivers more than they were in-line blockers.

Pryor will surely want to give quarterback a shot and he deserves at least that. But that wouldn’t mean he couldn’t be utilized in other ways. You see it happen all the time in college. Players see a faster way to the field, and are all of a sudden more receptive to a position switch because they want to contribute.

I checked with the NFL and was assured a supplemental draft can still be held, lockout or no lockout, and there’s no reason to believe Pryor won’t be given a chance to enter it.

You select Pryor for the same reason as running back Taiwan Jones _ explosive ability that is simply too intriguing to pass up at a bargain price.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Silverandblack666

    “If you’re an Human Resources person, and some company wants you to be an Admin Asst, you don’t have to take that job.”

    No you don’t have to take the job you can stand in the unemployment line while 500 other people apply for the job you just left.

    Stop trying to make everything in here racial KK its pathetic!

  • priesttj

    Where’s Jhill I told him the Heat should start Chalmers at PG and play LBJ at point forward and Jalen Rose said the same thing on “First Take” this morning ESPN. He virtual co-signed everything I said……….it was funny to hear.

  • Silverandblack666

    “They are all very average and need a lot of work. Yet FOUR went in the first 15 picks”

    Its called supply and demand there is a huge need for QB’s in this league and taking any QB straight out of college is a crap shoot. ANY QB!

  • big oak boy

    dam 666 is getting all coach john madden on the blog

  • If Pryor doesn’t want to play DB, he doesn’t have to. And he can do so without the guilt of “turning his back on “massa”

    Free Country.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nick Miller’s thought on JC


    LOL, thanks Dutch

    I wonder what Bodiford, Adeniji & Ausberry think about JCamp???

    just as relevant 😛

  • priesttj

    I know what you’re getting at Dutch and I know you mena well. But playing any position at this level takes dedication it’s not like college. The ONLY way Pryor will learn to play QB is constant study and hard work on his technigue and it still will take him 2-3 years b4 you see anything from him. He needs a ton of work but he’s worth it he’s supremely athletic and has the framework of an NFL QB he’s just not polished. His footwork is worse than yours. And the mechanics of throwing an accurate pass is sorely lacking. He has to be rebiult, he sometimes throws with his body leaning sideways. It will take camps and offseasons and you could have a possible superstar, he’s that good with everything else.

  • RaiderRockstar

    JaJason is probably the 4th best QB on the Raid roster.

    Boller, DMAC and Lechler are better than JaJason.

    Bush might be able to do a better job too.

    JaJason won’t make it through the pre-season.



    and if we sign Vince Young you’ll be calling him “JaVince” within 6 months and making a case for the Raiders to trade for McNabb or Garrard

    99, cool your jets bro. this is Campbell’s year

  • Silverandblack666

    Sorry Big oak but its not a right to play in the NFL its a privilege.

    Some athletes will do what it takes to be a part of the TEAM while others are more concerned about their own selfish wants and desires. This goes for white, yellow, green, gold, silver and black athletes.

  • Silverandblack666

    I think I worded that wrong it was not directed at Big Oak. I was saying sorry to Big oak for getting all preachy about how lucky these guys are having the opportunity to play in the NFL.

  • Silverandblack666

    I think KK is a “The glass is half empty kind of guy”

    Now he will say I am being racist but I know I am not so keep on posting your angry rants old man.

  • big oak boy

    but tj the qb’s job is to know what everyone else has to do what other way then to condition with wr and te as well

  • priesttj

    666 so we should make Pryor a TE instead of QB………..right with all this high demand for QB’s

    Listen I’ve made my case and it’s clear……if they can stay in the league and play terrible QB why can’t he? it’s that simple.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Billy Volek is the Fourth quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in two consecutive games (2004)



    I don’t even think Volek’s agent is using something he did 7 years ago to land him a need backup gig next season

    He’s 35 now. He hasn’t started a game since 2005!

    probably a reason for that. I don’t see Kevin Kolb chillin for the next 5 or 6 years

  • Silverandblack666

    “so we should make Pryor a TE instead of QB”

    No but if we take him and he is on the team he should be willing to do whatever the coach asks of him.

    Thats all.

  • big oak boy


    u see campbell working hard to improve having camps at your home to get the timing down for this yr the same offense as last yr to build on

  • Bauce Rules

    Pryor not coming to oakland as a qb or wr or a freak te….end of story

  • big oak boy

    we always want to see effort out of the qb position so lets atleast give some credit here

  • Bauce Rules

    Exactly RRS…..usually ur a voice of reason

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 12th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Jason Kidd & Dirk were complete non-factors in the first half … surprising!

    Jason Terry is putting this team on his shoulders with a little help from Marion & Stevenson

    How can you take Dirk out of the game and still trail by 2?
    Stop making excuses. They lost game 2, and that finished them…even though they came back to tie the series, the Mavs had them figured, and LeBron was MI motherf%&kin A in the fourth in the last 2 games, AND YOU KNOW THIS. Everybody knows this – theyre just making excuses in the media to CYA on LeBron. Dallas won, PERIOD. Work Ethic, Guts, AND SHOWING UP – heil Novitski!