Oakland Raiders

Terrelle Pryor to the Oakland Raiders: Al Davis Still Hasn't Learned

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2011

The Oakland Raiders just don't get it. The Raiders are one of the best, worst teams when it comes to over-drafting. In the supplemental draft, the Raiders used a third-round pick on former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor. As a result, the Raiders will not have a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. 

Had Pryor entered the 2011 NFL draft, he probably would have been a late third- to fifth-round pick. There are lots of questions about whether he can play QB at the next level, and Oakland has already said it anticipates moving him to WR.

Pryor clearly has athletic ability. He reportedly ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.36, and we all know Al Davis loves speed. But here's the problem. Just because a player is fast does not make him a great or even decent NFL football player. There have been no signs suggestion Pryor is willing or wants to become a receiver at the next level, and there is no way to know whether or not he is even capable of playing receiver.

To Pryor's credit, he has said he'll accept the punishment handed down from the NFL for "doing a wrong thing." However, there still are questions and concerns about his maturity. I think there is a good chance the Raiders could have had Pryor in the fourth and probably even in the fifth round. Which is why drafting him in the third makes little sense.

Pryor is a project no matter where on the football field you play him. If we've learned one thing about Davis and the Raiders, its this: they over-draft. Pryor may make it in the NFL a la Antwaan Randle El, but that's debatable. What is for sure is that the Raiders have given up too much for too little. Again.

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