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Pryor is a Raider

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 10:39 am in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders selected Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft Monday, rolling the dice on a major talent whose NCAA violations helped lead to the dismissal of coach Jim Tressel and put the school on probation.

The selection of Pryor means the Raiders will lose their third-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Pryor decided to forgo his senior year at Ohio State after Tressel’s resignation. Pryor was suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season by the NCAA for receiving cash for tattoos from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.

The NFL ruled Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft, but essentially upheld the NCAA suspension. Pryor will not be placed on the Raiders’ 53-man roster until Week 6.

The Raiders were one of a reported 17 teams at a Pro Day workout for Pryor Saturday, and clocked him at 4.41 for the 40-yard dash _ essentially makes him the NFL’s fastest quarterback with the possible exception of Michael Vick.

The question is whether the Raiders see Pryor as a quarterback or as a receiver. At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Pryor could present matchup problems as a slot receiver or could be a tight end prospect along the lines of Antonio Gates, who is more receiver than blocker.

One of the most decorated athletes in high school out of Jeanette High in southwestern Pennsylvania, Pryor was a basketball star who originally committed to Pittsburgh.

The object of an intense recruiting battle, Pryor’s decision to sign with Ohio State over Penn State was national news.

Considered more of a developmental project as a quarterback, Pryor was 31-4 as a starter at Ohio State including MVP awards in the Rose Bowl in as a junior and Sugar Bowl as a senior.

As a junior, Pryor passed for 2,772 yards, 27 touchdowns and had 11 interceptions. He rushed for 754 and yards and four scores.

Having written in a column two months ago taking Pryor was a no-brainer (although the third round is higher than I expected), I’m obviously on board with this call.

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  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    6-6, 240. 4.4 on the 40 yd dash…and Al held it in his pants for 2 whole rounds!…thing is those numbers up there have nothing to do with playing QB in the NFL. Could Pryor be the next Gates? lets hope so, we need help at TE

  • Teabag

    Seymour Bush Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Teabag Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Developing Pryor @ QB is going to be a HUGE bust… He should be developed as a WR… period.. he could be a nightmare matchup…
    ====================================

    No. You HAVE TO HAVE a franchise Q to win in this league. HAVE TO. Teams that think they are going to win with Rex Grossman or Tyler Thigpen are huffing glue. Pryor has prototype size and speed for an NFL Q. He has also had a good collegiate career. What’s the down side to him? He played poorly against better competition which is never a good sign. (Rose Bowl MVP aside). Once again, this is a raw project pick, but then again, we have QB guru Hue Jackson as his head and QB coach. Hue did a very very good job developing Joe Flacco who has similar size to Pryor but came in with a resume against much weaker competition than Pryor. Was it worth a 3rd rounder to try to get a franchise Q? Absolutely. Both Mike Brown and Randy Lerner proved they are too cheap. Again.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Pryor is not a franchise QB… Flacco while playing against lesser comp had true NFL QB mechanics and footwork… Pryor, not at all..

  • inonewordraider

    if Al envisions him as a star WR why wouldn’t he draft him in the 3rd b4 someone else snatches him up?

  • severeraiderz

    At worst Pryor is Brad Smith

  • Plunketthead

    Now that he is our jug eared knucklehead, I predict great things for TP. He just has a few small things to iron out and he will be a great QB especially handing off to DMAC & Bush half the time and unloading Als long bomb special the rest of the time.

    BEST YEAR EVER!!!

  • LTR

    i don’t think we’ll get a comp pick for Miller since we picked up Boss.

  • Plunketthead

    LTR good point, when the dust clears we will be lucky to get a third for Nnamdi and that may be it

  • Mum-O-killowe

    Raider Ray Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 am
    AdamSchefter Adam Schefter
    For ther 2nd, 3rd and 4th-rd pick in 2012, Raiders now have QB Jason Campbell, QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Taiwan Jones and OL Joseph Barksdale.
    ——
    TRUE
    ———————————————————————————————————-

    Nice work by the Raiders. Use 2012 picks in 2009, 2010 and 2011 great way to build a team. And we will trade a QB for a mid round pick after week 6. And we have comp picks coming.

    WIN !

  • Mum-O-killowe

    Who would you rather have, Pryor or Kapernick??

  • RaiderSam

    Decent pick up. They could move him to receiver. I’m hoping they have found a gem at QB, because his highlights suggested another Michael Vick…looked very good in the open field running. If he does play receiver he could be a very good run-after-catch type athlete at the position, but he’d have to re-learn route running, beating jams , depth, everything. You can bet that Rosenhaus will be in his ear about “competing ” for the QB position. Boller would be the odd man out.

  • RaiderSam

    Mum-O-Killowe Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    Who would you rather have, Pryor or Kapernick??
    ================================
    Well, Kaepernick was in the pistol offense where he had spread receivers, and Pryor was in the shot gun and was in a more traditional drop back offense. Looked as if Pryor ran half the time….didnt put up the numbers Kaepernick did, but Colin was at a lower level of competition.

    Pryor might cost less, but has more baggage, Colin is a good guy off the field. Its yet to be seen what Pryor’s act is.

  • LBBORNRAIDR

    Lets not get caught up in TP being a WR OR QB… He belongs on the raiders as a playmaker… Just check his highlights on youtube… You will see the versatility.. I bet Hue Jack is already imagining all the different ways he can use him to make plays.. Can u say gadget plays anyone… lol

  • RaiderSam

    Teabag Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Developing Pryor @ QB is going to be a HUGE bust… He should be developed as a WR… period.. he could be a nightmare matchup…
    ====================================

    No. You HAVE TO HAVE a franchise Q to win in this league. HAVE TO. Teams that think they are going to win with Rex Grossman or Tyler Thigpen are huffing glue. Pryor has prototype size and speed for an NFL Q. He has also had a good collegiate career. What’s the down side to him? He played poorly against better competition which is never a good sign. (Rose Bowl MVP aside). Once again, this is a raw project pick, but then again, we have QB guru Hue Jackson as his head and QB coach. Hue did a very very good job developing Joe Flacco who has similar size to Pryor but came in with a resume against much weaker competition than Pryor. Was it worth a 3rd rounder to try to get a franchise Q? Absolutely. Both Mike Brown and Randy Lerner proved they are too cheap. Again.
    ==========================================
    I think Pryor played poorly against better competition, but you cant beat the value for the price. The only problem is without draft picks, its difficult to build a team and you have to overpay for your talent you already have – Seymour, Routt and Wimbley are a couple of examples. Too many reaches and high-risk , boom-or-bust types.

  • Twocents

    I liked this by Buckeyeraider. It confirms what I’ve seen of Pryor.

    Buckeyeraider Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 11:32 am
    This kid was the no. 1 rated HS player in the country. He was being recruited by his hometown Penn State, and Meeeshigan, with their new coach Rich Rod and his shotgun, spread offense. Pryor coulda went there because that college offense fit his skillset so well. he woulda put up huge numbers.

    Instead he came to Columbus to play in a more traditional, Pro style offense. He was 31-4 and MVP of the Rose Bowl. However, he always seemed a lil frustrating to me. Maybe because the expectations were so high.

    He was capable of making some absolutely jaw-dropping highlight reel type plays. And then turn around a make a real head scratcher. He’s young and very talented. Still inconsistant, maybe.

    He might not throw absolute lazers like Vick, but he’s got enough arm, and is a similar athlete. He doesn’t run with as much power as Cam Newton, but I’d say he is very comparable with the no. 1 overall pick in the draft. And the Raiders got him for a 3rd rd pick.

  • dvrick

    # Raider Ray Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Terrele Pryor, hope he’s smarter than other Black athletic QBs.

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    DHb looks like a different guy. he is going to be a horrible player this year. The fact that JC didn’t have the confidence to throw to back shoulder while DHB was being double covered speaks volumes. Then to watch DHB bobble the ball in flight and not adjust to the ball and take it away from the defense was very discouraging. these were plays he could make last year. I know people will still knit pick about him fumbling the ball, but you cant please everyone.

    His route running isn’t showing any polish and he looks even smaller and weaker than last year. He absolutely cowered to the dbs trying to cover him. Looks like the infamous Davis patience is not going pay off

    5 catches 00-30 yards 0 tds

  • dvrick

    # Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Hu jack is fruad after a preseason game!!!!!!!!!And a fraud last year!!! Cable made the calls as we are now seeing!!!FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD!!! GET LOST HU SMACK

  • dvrick

    # Plunketthead Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Now that he is our jug eared knucklehead, I predict horrible things for TP. He just has a lot of things to iron out and he will be a fumbling QB especially handing off to DMAC & Bush half the time and unloading Als long bomb special the rest of the time.

    ABSOLUTELY THE WORST YEAR EVER!!!

  • dvrick

    # Gerard Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    145.ghostraiders Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 am
    Had Pryor played this season with no problems at Ohio state. .. And Jim tressel was still there… Pryor would only have been an 8th rounder for sure. .

    You’re gonna hear alot of “the haters” say the same but what you say is absolutely untrue.

    Basically, we got a eigth round , bad prospect QB for a 3rd round pick that we could not afford to “waste” anyway, given the comp picks we have coming.

    This is a coup, and I’m not a Pryor fan.

  • dvrick

    # Plunketthead Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Now that he is our jug eared knucklehead, I predict horrible things for TP. He just has a lot of things to iron out and he will be a fumbling QB especially handing off to DMAC & Bush half the time and unloading Als long bomb special the rest of the time.

    ABSOLUTELY THE WORST YEAR EVER!!!THE WORST!!

  • dvrick

    # JB Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Pryor = Certainly a worse prospect than Tim Tebow who can’t even make Denver’s 1st team Who knows, he may end up worse then J.RUSSELL. Besides, we won’t be getting 2 more 3rd round compensatory picks for Nnamdi & Gallery a loss PERIOD!!

  • zopi

    There is enough hating on the Raiders to fill Lake Merritt.
    You weren’t expecting anything else, were you?
    Of course, had anybody else taken Pryor we’d probably be hearing another song.
    I say Pryor is a steal in the 3rd round.

    And, if you listen long enough to the draft experts, you’ll drive yourself crazy, most of them have no clue most of the time, most of them are just geeks.

    The draft is and always will be a crap shoot, just like there was a no-brainer with Ryan Leaf (previous to the draft) going number 1 or 2, Brady went in the 6th round and Montana in the 3rd.

    Vince Young, Jason Campbell, Matt leinart, Kyle Boller, Tebow etc. etc. all were first rounders and will probably never amount to more than mediocrity.

    And as I pointed out Saturday, Mr. Davis is obsessed with getting the next Mike Vick, who knows he just might have landed one. Who knows?
    If by any chance the Raiders are out of the playoffs late in the season, you’d better be ready to see Terrelle Pryor starting over Edwards and or Boller.

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