I knew Al Davis was going to select Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft this past Monday. When I read that he clocked a 4.36 second forty at his Pro Day I was positive that Davis wouldn't let this athletic freak get past him. He also just so happens to play the most important position. A position that the Raiders don't have anybody under contract beyond this season.
We all know Davis has wanted a do-over since cutting ties with Jamarcus Russell. Heading into the 2011 NFL Draft it was rumored that the Raiders wanted to draft quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Things didn't work out on draft day and the Raiders weren't able to find another player worth grooming for the long term future.
When Pryor became eligible for the supplemental draft Al Davis had another opportunity to pick up a potential franchise QB. He definitely wasn't going to let this opportunity pass him by.
Now that the Raiders have Pryor, a lot of naysayers are coming out. I am sure you've read some of the articles out there claiming that this was a bad move by the Raiders. Others are saying that this is a terrible situation for Pryor. Some are saying that he will have to play wide receiver or tight end to make it.
All of that talk is nonsense. First of all, Terrelle Pryor has the talent and ability of a first round pick. This year, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, and Christian Ponder all went in the first round. Dalton and Kaepernick got drafted at the start of the second round.
Was this a good move?
I think it is fair to say that Terrelle Pryor would have been selected in the first round had he entered the NFL Draft in 2011 without the jersey selling scandal. Had Pryor gone to the NFL Combine and had an eye popping workout, there is no doubt in my mind at least one team would have fell in love with him and made him a first round pick.
Pryor has just as much a shot to succeed as the other quarterbacks drafted in 2011. His potential is limitless. He is big and strong like your prototype quarterback, but can get things done with his legs that would make Michael Vick say wow.
I think the Raiders got a steal by drafting Pryor in the third round. They have three compensatory picks coming so they won't miss that third rounder in 2012. By getting Pryor in the third round the Raiders only have to invest $2.6 million over the next four years. Performance incentives can earn him a little more money but the Raiders got Pryor for a bargain when you compare his deal to that of the quarterbacks drafted in the first round.
Pryor is going to make Al Davis look like a genius when he takes over in a couple of years. The sky is the limit for this kid and I think he is in a perfect situation. He'll learn a lot from Hue Jackson and Al Saunders. Jackson played a big part in developing Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.
Hue Jackson will get the most out of Pryor. I can't wait to see this guy tearing the league up in a few years.