The Raiders are desperate for their quarterback of the future. And make no mistake about this move—they drafted Pryor to be a QB. They have been committed to their young receivers, and they would not have reached on this third-round pick had they not held the belief they were drafting a QB.
The Raiders tried in vain to swing a deal to move into position to draft Colin Kaepernick in the 2011 draft—a QB with a very similar skill set to Pryor.
This move also highlights their desperation on a different level. They now have a first-round pick in the 2012 draft and then will not selected again until the fifth-round. The Raiders traded their fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft for Jason Campbell two years ago, and they traded their second-round pick to the New England Patriots for a third- and fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft.
That showcases the current mindset of Al Davis. He is doing everything he can to acquire as much talent as he can right now at expense of the future. The problem is that this desperation is not allowing the Raiders maximize their value.
At this point, Terrelle Pryor simply does not grade out as a third-round talent. His accuracy and complete lack of experience going through progressions on offense make his chances of success at QB a long shot. And within those QB red flags lies the biggest surprise inherent in this move: The Raiders are still recovering from drafting a QB with questionable accuracy and little experience reading a defense.
However, this move should come as no surprise. Pryor's size-to-speed ratio make him the prototypical Raider pick. He is almost 6'5" and 233 pounds. At his recent pro day, some scouts had him clocked in the 40 below 4.4.
He also has a long wingspan and huge hands. These attributes could prove handy if he switches to receiver. However, there are some athletic red flags for his success at that position. Pryor was less than stellar in the vertical jump, three cone drill and short shuttle. In other words, he is faster than he is quick.
And while this move reeks of desperation and can only be interpreted as a reach, it does offer the potential of big rewards. Pryor will certainly not be asked to take over QB duties in 2011. The Raiders have their starter in place with Jason Campbell and two experienced backups behind him in Kyle Boller and Trent Edwards. They can also try to gain some value out of Pryor by working him in in certain packages as wildcat QB or receiver while he learns the QB position.