NFL Supplemental Draft: 5 Reasons Terrelle Pryor Was a Steal for Oakland Raiders

jim beamContributor IIIAugust 24, 2011

NFL Supplemental Draft: 5 Reasons Terrelle Pryor Was a Steal for Oakland Raiders

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    The Oakland Raiders made big news when they selected former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor during the third round of Monday's NFL supplemental draft.

    There are several questions about whether Pryor can make the transition from a scrambling college quarterback to a likely position change in the NFL.

    But for all of the questions surrounding Pryor, an argument could be made that the Raiders made a wise decision by selecting him.

    Here are five reasons they got a steal in Terrelle Pryor.

1. Potential

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    Don't expect Pryor to play quarterback at the NFL level. But as a receiver, he can become a valuable weapon.

    Because he played quarterback all throughout his time at OSU, you could say that he has not developed any bad receiving habits. That notion will serve him well when he begins to train as a wideout.

    Pryor has excellent potential based on his athleticism alone. In addition to being one of the best high school football players in the country, he was also one of the best basketball players in the nation. That kind of talent makes him adaptable to almost any position Raiders coaches will want him to play.

2. Size and Speed

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    At 6'6" and about 235 pounds with a 4.38 40-yard dash time, Pryor has elite NFL size and speed for both quarterback and wide receiver—and that might not be all he could play.

    If the Oakland coaching staff wants him to play tight end, it will be easy for their training staff to help him gain the necessary weight to make an impact at the position. He will have virtually the entire year to undergo that physical change if he is destined to play tight end and could pattern his play after lighter and faster tight ends like Kellen Winslow II.

    As a wide receiver, he has the type of size and speed that helped Plaxico Burress and Randy Moss become elite receiving threats.

3. Red Zone Threat

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    If Pryor becomes a receiver, he will be extremely difficult to guard when the Raiders offense is in the red zone.

    His size will create matchup nightmares for opposing cornerbacks, and you can expect the fade pattern to become his calling card when the Raiders are near the opposing end zone.

    He can also line up as a quarterback in the red zone and leave the defense vulnerable to both the run and the pass.

4. The Wildcat

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    Although it seems that most NFL defenses have wised up to the wildcat, it can still be effective if it is used at the right times.

    Pryor has the physical skill set and experience at quarterback to be a dangerous weapon in the wildcat. If the Raiders use him to establish a formidable wildcat attack, opposing defenses will be forced to spend much of their practice time on stopping the formation instead of focusing on other areas of concern.

5. Cost

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    The third-round pick the Raiders gave up to select Pryor may prove costly, but the salary they are paying him isn't.

    Pryor will make $2.3 million during the next four years. Where the Raiders have gone wrong in the past is when they have overpaid for rookies such as JaMarcus Russell or Robert Gallery.

    Simply put, Pryor is an inexpensive, low-risk option who won't need to produce immediately like many of the past rookies who have gone through the organization. Oakland can allow him the time to develop without breaking the bank.