Terrelle Pryor: Why His Real Shot at NFL Stardom Will Be at Tight End

Matt Birch@TheMattBirchFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2011

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, PA - AUGUST 20:  Terrelle Pryor throws during his pro day at a practice facility on August 20, 2011 in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, PA - AUGUST 20: Terrelle Pryor throws during his pro day at a practice facility on August 20, 2011 in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has speed, size and athleticism—all the tools that a quality receiver possesses. Since the Oakland Raiders’ system is built on size and speed, this recent acquisition makes sense, right?

Wrong.

The transition to tight end may sound appealing at first, but the question is, will the former quarterback be able to block and run routes?

He won't come cheaply, either. The Raiders are already without a pick in the second and fourth rounds of the 2012 draft and must now relinquish a third-round pick for selecting Pryor in the supplemental draft.

At this current point in time, Pryor is not equipped to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. His arm is terribly inaccurate and he has yet to show an ability to read defenses. 

Can he benefit Oakland by catching passes in the open field and running for yards after the catch? Only time will tell.

At Ohio State, Pryor completed 477 of 783 passes for 6,177 yards in his 39-game career. While accuracy was a problem, he still managed to toss 57 touchdowns to just 26 interceptions.

Needless to say, defensive backs at the collegiate level don't have the awareness and ability that those in the NFL possess, so don't expect those numbers to translate over.

Most of Pryor's damage in the Big Ten was done with his legs. He rushed 436 times for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

Pryor will not be eligible to play a regular season game until Week 6, as he is due to serve a five-game suspension that the NFL has handed him. He was already facing an NCAA penalty for the same duration, had he elected to return to play football at Ohio State University.

While no one knows how he will perform in a new position, one thing’s for sure: He’ll need a lot of coaching.

Raiders owner Al Davis has, once again, been involved in another boom-or-bust move involving a quarterback that overachieved in college.

Let’s face it, Davis' track record over the last decade has been disastrous. Raiders fans must now hold their breath and hope for the best.

Pryor has yet to show up to Raiders training camp, but is expected to join the festivities later in the week.

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