Oakland Raiders select Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft
August 23, 2011 Leave a comment
On Monday, the Oakland Raiders were awarded a third-round selection for former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft (ESPN News).
As a result, the Raiders will lose their rights to their 2012 third round pick. The Raiders will now be without a second, third or fourth round pick in the 2012 draft. Oakland traded their second-round pick in a draft day trade last year, and the Washington Redskins own the right to their fourth-round pick as part of the Jason Campbell trade.
Pryor elected to forgo his senior season at Ohio State after allegations of further NCAA violations arose in the midst of the Jim Tressel situation that led to the coach’s resignation.
Pryor will be forced to serve a five-game suspension that will take place start Week 1. Pryor will, however, be eligible to participate in all pre-season practices and the Raiders two remaining preseason games.
In theory, this is a positive move for the Raiders on two fronts. The first and most obvious is it gives the Raiders their quarterback of the future they coveted entering the 2011 draft. Unsatisfied with the available talent in the draft, the Raiders failed to select a quarterback and decided to wait on it until a future date.
Lost in the controversy of the NCAA investigation is the fact that Pryor was a very successful quarterback that contained a large amount of athletic gifts. Last year, he threw for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for over 700 yards as well. Furthermore, he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash on his pro day.
The Raiders have been trying to find a winning quarterback since the days of Rich Gannon. The likes of Jeff Garcia, Bruce Gradkowski, Aaron Brooks, Duante Culpepper, former first overall draft bust JaMarcus Russell and, most recently, Jason Campbell have tried to solidify the position. None have been very successful at it. In the case of Russell, he may have single-handedly put the organization back three years.
Pryor will be allowed to groom and learn, with the Raiders committed to Campbell for this season. Given a full year to practice and learn under Huey Jackson’s offense will be beneficial and will put the Raiders back onto the right track in the long run.
However, there could be another positive that needs to be mentioned from the drafting of Terrelle Pryor. A lot of scouts and experts have said that Pryor may be best used as a wide receiver at the next level. If that’s the case, then he is still in a fantastic situation in Oakland. The Raiders do not have a true number one receiving option with the corps currently made up of a mixed bag of underachievers and bargain bin pick-ups.
Darrius Heyward-Bay, a former seventh overall draft selection, has been a phenomenal bust as well, but not quite on the same level as Russell. When healthy, former Florida Gator Louis Murphy has flashed premium talent. And Raider officials are enamored with the abilities of Jacoby Ford and his dynamic speed.
The Raiders love speed and size. At 6’5″ and with his 4.36 40-time, Pryor provides both of those attributes. Could he follow the likes of college quarterbacks-turned-receiver alums Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle-El and Brad Smith? That remains to be seen.
For now, the Raiders will give Pryor every chance to be their quarterback of the future. As for Ohio State?
Well, at least their future looks brighter than that of the University of Miami.
Greg Kaplan is a co-founder of Home Field Advantage