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.