In what was the most hyped NFL supplemental draft of all time, Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick to acquire the ex-Ohio State Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
What a great movie by Al Davis, and no, that's not sarcasm.
The Raiders get a first-round talent for just a third-round pick.
It's safe to say that if Pryor stayed in college for his senior season and showed the same progressions as a quarterback that he displayed each year at Ohio State, some team would have grabbed him in the first round.
That team would have more likely than not would have been Al Davis and Oakland Raiders, so this way, instead of using a first-round pick on Pryor, they get him for just a third.
Oh, and Pryor fits in beautifully with the Raiders.
He has the luxury of playing behind Jason Campbell for the next couple of seasons, which will be a perfect time for Pryor to continue his development as a quarterback while also maturing in the NFL.
The Raiders will find ways to get Pryor on the field in 2011, whether it be as a quarterback, running back, or receiver—he will be utilized.
At 6'6" and a staggering 233 pounds, Pryor is as versatile as they come and his 4.38 forty-yard dash only adds to his mystique.
For all of the skeptics and critics of Pryor (and he has a lot), his college numbers do the talking for him:
- 31-4 as a starter
- Three Big Ten titles
- Two-time BCS Bowl MVP (wins over Oregon and Arkansas)
- 22 games with over 200 yards of offense
- 2,164 rushing yards (Ohio State school record)
- 57 passing touchdowns (tied an Ohio State record)
The point here is that for all the negative talk surrounding Pryor, it is important to remember how stellar a college career he has had.
Is he ready to play quarterback in the NFL right now? No, but how many rookie quarterbacks ever are? Cam Newton will be the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback from week one, but even he could have used a year behind a veteran like Jason Campbell.
The Raiders received great value by selecting Pryor, and I'll throw out a guarantee that Pryor has a more successful NFL career for around $60 million less than JaMarcus Russell ever had.
After following Pryor for three years in college, if there is one thing that motivates him, it's being told he can't do something.
Pryor will do what he has to do in order to become a successful player for the Oakland Raiders.
Anyone who is hoping or expecting Pryor to ultimately fail in the NFL is going to be mightily upset in the near future.
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