By Steve Corkran
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at 11:15 am in Oakland Raiders.
A Raiders scout was at the workout of Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Saturday morning. Pryor is regarded as the most attractive player of the six entered in the supplemental draft.
Seeing the Raiders scout confirms the team’s interest. Coach Hue Jackson downplayed the Pryor angle when asked about him Thursday.
“I know he plays quarterback,” Jackson said. “I haven’t done much (research). I’m going to coach this team. I’m not worried about him. I have a quarterback. I have two very good backup quarterbacks. Who says he might be on our team? That’s what you said.”
When pressed on the issue, Jackson said:
“Ahhhh. Ahhhh, the supplemental draft is when, men? Monday,” Jackson said. “I can’t speak to that. I’m worried about the 49ers right now.”
Well, the Raiders scout’s presence speaks loud and clear. The fact Pryor posted 40-yard dash times of 4.38 seconds and 4.41 no doubt heightened that interest. It’s important to note that the Raiders keep their own times, so that figure could be even faster.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton went No. 1 in this year’s regular draft, and he ran a 4.59 at the NFL Scouting Combine. Pryor’s time is of even more import if a team such as the Raiders have designs on converting him to, say, wide receiver.
Any team that selects Pryor, or any other player in the supplemental draft, would have to forfeit a pick from the 2012 NFL draft in whatever round that player is taken in the supplemental draft.
The Raiders already are without second- and fourth-round picks in the 2012 NFL draft. However, it’s likely that they will gain at least one compensatory pick for a net loss of free agents in 2011.