Oakland Raiders: 10 Reasons Why Terrelle Pryor Looks Good in Silver and Black

Carl CockerhamSenior Analyst IJune 17, 2011

Oakland Raiders: 10 Reasons Why Terrelle Pryor Looks Good in Silver and Black

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    Everyone wondered why the Oakland Raiders didn't take a quarterback in the 2011 draft a few months ago. The obvious conclusion is that Raider owner Al Davis really believes in Jason Campbell being the next Jim Plunkett.

    But what about a backup?

    Bruce Gradkowski appears to be on his way out of Raider Nation.

    Kyle Boller will probably be back because he knows the offense.

    I guess that's the backup.

    What about a young guy the Raiders can groom to take Campbell's place over time?

    He may even have to be thrown in a tad early because both Campbell and Boller are hurt.

    He can't just be a quarterback.

    He has to have the skill set that fits what the Raiders do.

    I believe Terrelle Pryor looks awful good in silver and black, and he's available now in the supplemental draft.

    Turn the the page to see why.


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    If you have controversy surrounding you, you were meant to be a Raider.

    All the illegal benefits he took at Ohio State will follow him to Raider Nation, giving him the instant street cred Raider fans love. Raider Nation has always embraced players that no one else likes as the media puts the shameful dark cloud over them.

    It would be interesting to see how well his jersey sells among Raider fans if he becomes a Raider.


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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates the Buckeyes 31-26 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Pho
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    Terrelle Pryor is in the habit of winning.

    That's what he does.

    He has a record of 31-4 as a starter at Ohio State that started in his freshman year. He has played in many a big game and there was never a moment too big for him.

    If you look down the Raiders roster, you can see that they did a good job of selecting players that came from winning programs. That has to be a big part of why the Raiders were able to break the losing record streak in 2010.

    Pryor would just add to the young team the Raiders have that are used to winning from their college days.


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    Davis has always liked his quarterbacks big.

    From Daryl Lamonica to Jim Plunkett, they've all been around 6'3" and over 210 pounds, which is good size. Jason Campbell is 6'5", 230 pounds, so that should give you an idea of what the Raiders are looking for in the modern game.

    The Raiders quarterback is expected to hold the ball a beat longer to wait for the vertical routes to break open. This means a Raiders quarterback needs to have size to absorb the punishment waiting in the pocket brings.

    Pryor is 6'6", 233 pounds, so he fits the bill.


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    Pryor has plenty of strength to go with his size.

    Did you see how he ran over defensive back and stiff-armed linebackers in college?

    I'm not saying he's going to consistently do that in the NFL, but in spots, he can always break a tackle and chuck one down the field a la "Big" Ben Roethlisberger. With the speed the Raiders have on the team, that can mean a big play every time he does something like that.

    In football, they tell you to never give up on a play because you never know when the big play is coming.

    That's one reason why!


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    Before is sophomore season, Terrelle Pryor was clocked at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash. If you doubt the legitimacy of it, he beat then teammate and now Indianapolis Colts receiver Ray Small in the process.

    Small ran an average of 4.44 in the 40 but his lowest time was 4.36 at his pro-day.  I have to say that makes Pryor a legitimate fast man, and the Raiders love speed at all positions.

    They would probably pay punter Shane Lechler more if he ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash.

    Pryor's speed would mean that they can strike from anywhere on the field including the fullback and quarterback.

    You know that's Raider football.

Can Throw on the Run

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    Terrelle Pryor is good at throwing the ball on the run.

    That is a good skill to have anywhere at some point, but he may especially need it if he becomes a Raider. Sure, the Raiders are working on their offensive line and it may be solid one day, but as of now, he can't be a sitting duck.

    Campbell didn't do well as a Raiders quarterback in 2010 until he relearned how to scramble.

Jason Campbell Could Mentor Him

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    Jason Campbell didn't have 4.3 wheels, but he was Pryor while at the University of Auburn. He was a running, scrambling quarterback that made plays outside the pocket.

    After being selected to play in the NFL, Campbell worked very hard at trying to become a pocket passer. It's great that he spent the time in the film room and worked on things, but he worked too hard because held the ball too long and got sacked too much.

    It wasn't until he started pull out the old Campbell from Auburn that he started winning games.

    If Pryor is pressed into duty early, Raiders coaches can tell him to run when it doesn't look good.

    The chains will still move for now and he can learn the progressions later.

The Vince Young Effect on the Running Game

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    Darren McFadden could very well rush for over 2,000 yards if he plays with Pryor. Backside defensive players will have to freeze instead of pursuing the ball carrier for a while out of fear of Pryor going back door.

    This means the cutback lanes will be there for Raiders running backs.

    These lanes will be huge, and once a fast back like McFadden bursts past a frozen defender, it's too late.

    It's a 70-yard touchdown run.

    If they decide to crash, it's a 70-yard touchdown for Pryor.

Big Arm

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    Because of the tradition of the Raider vertical game, a big arm is a must for an Oakland Raiders quarterback. The Raiders will even break their out, dig and comeback routes at 20 yards, so that is the main reason why.

    The Raiders' No. 2-ranked running game is another reason why.

    Opposing defenses will put eight in the box to stop a running game that would then include him. Pryor has the kind of arm strength that would make opposing defenses think twice before cheating their safeties up.

    Chad Ochocinco, after a workout with him, told reporters he has "unbelievable arm strength." 

Won't Be a Bust

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    Pryor is too good an athlete to be a bust, no matter what.

    He is a former basketball player with the size, speed and hops to be receiver if he fails at quarterback. Even then, he can be a great emergency quarterback and could run trick plays from wideout and the backfield.

    How about a slash?

    The man can play football, period, and the Raiders can surely find something for him to do.


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    The Raiders should take Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft as a football player and project quarterback. He has franchise quarterback type of potential, but he will be a successfull football player in some way.

    He has plenty of time to learn the quarterback position with Campbell there while helping elsewhere. Mike Mayock of NFL Network has him going in the fourth round of this year's supplemental draft, so he won't even cost much.

    He is a special athlete and a great addition to any team.

    I hope it's the Raiders.

    He only has to change one of his colors to wear the silver and black.