Terrelle Pryor became an official NFL player today, when he was selected by the Oakland Raiders with a third-round pick. Pryor’s skills as a legitimate NFL quarterback have long been in question, and with a third-round pick, the Oakland Raiders may have overpaid and lost a valuable future draft pick in the process.
According to most media outlets (our own Matt Miller as an exception), teams were looking at Pryor in the fourth-sixth round range. The Raiders are never a team to shy away from taking a player too early (see Darius Heyward-Bay), so it really isn’t that surprising, I guess. I’m not even a Raiders fan, but you come to expect this from them. The Raiders are traditionally a team that falls for guys with great 40 times (see Heyward-Bay again), so Pryor’s 4.41 40 falls right in line with their ideology. To the Raiders, a third-round pick was perfect.
It’s not, and that is the problem with the Oakland Raiders organization. They fail to realize team needs and overpay for players with questionable ethics (see JaMarcus Russell). In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders will be without a second, third and fourth round pick. This year, they were without a selection in the first round.
Rounds one-four are traditionally the spots where you can choose the best players. The Raiders are not exactly a team on the rise, and you would think that they would be focusing on building for the future. Their best answer for if Jason Campbell will get hurt (which is inevitable), is now replacing him with a guy who at his best is a poor man’s Jason Campbell.
Now, there is a chance that Pryor will be transformed into some kind of sick quarterback/wide receiver hybrid. Ask the Miami Dolphins how that worked out when they wasted a second-round pick on quarterback/disaster Pat White.
The Oakland Raiders haven’t changed. They’ll forever be a team mystified by 40 times and random athletic ability. Picks like this show that even in his horrifying state, Al Davis still has a stranglehold on the personnel decisions that have personified this organization for the past ten years.