Terrelle Pryor fits the mold of the ideal Oakland Raider. Controversy, raw talent and pure athleticism normally catches the eye of owner Al Davis. Davis is notorious for selecting players off of pure speed or raw talent. Jamarcus Russell, Darius Heward- Bey and Napoleon Kaufman are just a few names to mention. Terrelle Pryor displayed an array of talents during a gladiator type of pro day. Pryor clocked a 40 yard dash time between a 4.36-4.41 and displayed surprising arm strength.
Seventeen teams were in attendance and the most predictable team fell in love with T.P. Pryor is not the prototypical quarterback but while at Ohio State he tied a school record passing for 57 touchdowns in three years and also had more than 8,000 all-purpose yards during his tenure at Ohio State.
Pryor's stats may be worth arguing about, but his overall record was 31-4 which included three Big Ten Titles and Two BCS Bowl Victories are hard to argue with. With a player of Pryor's size it is rare to possess that type of speed. There are not too many quarterbacks running with that type of speed unless your name is Michael Vick. Standing 6'6 and weighing close to 240 pounds, if Pryor fails at quarterback he can give it a try at wide receiver.
Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson is known as a great quarterback coach. Hue Jackson's life expectancy as a Raiders coach may be as short as Verne Troyer only because that is the Raider way. If Jackson is able to stick around longer than the two previous coaches the Raiders may have a gem in Pryor.
Whether it is at quarterback or wide receiver a third-round pick in the supplemental draft is worth to see if Pryor can reach his full potential. If Pat White and Matt Jones can be worth an experiment at a higher cost why can't Pryor field the same interest? Pryor will need to show maturity while in Raider land. Pryor has been in the headlines since January for all of the wrong reasons.
While at THE Ohio State University Pryor was apart of a jersey, tattoo, and car scandal that led him to suspension which resulted to Pryor being apart of the NFL Supplemental Draft. Being a model citizen will be his first task since he is suspended for the first five games of the regular season. Staying out of the limelight and may be something Pryor should look into while serving his suspension. Pryor should not be punished for what he did in college. Dez Bryant was not penalized for his actions in college.
It is a shame that Rodger Goodell fielded a five game suspension for a college kid who was in need of money. I bet you have heard that before. I could see if Pryor was in the bathroom doing an impersonation of Ben Roethlisberger, but no he like many college kids needed money. The recent draft pick will take a few years to judge, because Pryor is a project right now.
If Pryor displays the competitive spirit and skill that he flashed in Columbus chances are that Raiders Owner Al Davis will be smiling at the end of the day.