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Casserly: OAK draft strategy for Pryor was sound

Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 4:15 pm
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's easy to make fun of the Raiders. Since losing to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, Oakland has averaged 4.6 wins a year, and it's only that high because they went 8-8 in 2010. (Between '02 and '10, the Raiders hadn't won more than five games in a season.)

Then there's the suspect draft strategy (2007 first-overall pick JaMarcus Russell is the lowlight), and the organization's fascination with speed. Since 2005, the team has taken Stanford Routt, Fabian Washington, Michael Huff, Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey in either the first or second round, and they can all fly.

So it wasn't much of a shock when the Raiders landed Terrelle Pryor in Monday's NFL Supplemental Draft. Pryor ran a 4.36 40 at his pro day and blew onlookers away with his freakish athleticism.

What was surprising, however, was that Oakland gave up a third-round pick for Pryor. Between the time Pryor left school in June and Monday's draft, most draft experts and personnel types considered him worth no more than a fourth-rounder. But Charley Casserly, a former NFL General Manager now working for CBS Sports, says the Raiders did the right thing.

"When you're drafting, and especially in the supplemental draft, you're trying to figure out where guys are going to go and what round to pick them in," Casserly told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. "But with so few players in the supplemental draft, this is a guessing game. You can put a value on a player … but there's a little bit an element of guessing. The consensus that I was getting is that most people thought this [Pryor] was a fourth-round pick. Well, when you do that, you pick a round ahead."

Unlike the regular draft held in April, the supplemental draft is an auction. Teams submit bids. Should multiple bids come in, they're ranked by round and then by record. The team with the worst record and highest-round bid lands the player.

"That's how you strategize in the supplemental draft," Casserly said.

So the price of doing business in the supplemental draft is a one-round mark-up. A player worth a fourth-rounder in April will cost you a third-rounder in August (note: the supplemental draft is usually in July; because of the lockout it was pushed back a month).

Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Pryor for the first five games of the season, which means he's basically redshirting his rookie NFL season. Casserly seemed unconcerned.

"Pryor's going into a good situation where he's not going to have to play right away," he said. "The Raiders are always committed to long-term development of players … and that's what he needs because this year is going to be a total wash for him. Without OTAs and training camp, where's he going to learn to play quarterback?"

The Raiders have every intention of letting Pryor play quarterback until he proves otherwise. We asked Casserly if Pryor would be okay with a position change.

"I think [the Raiders] will have a way of making it okay," he said, adding: "You know, they're paying him. But they're going to look at him at quarterback. … He's a project -- a big project -- and next year's almost going to be a quasi-rookie year for him in training camp. … Al Davis has done a great job of taking athletes and finding places for him to play. So you can bet they'll look at him at other positions in the next 12 months."

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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Casserly: OAK draft strategy for Pryor was sound

Who?
Ronald Curry: QB in college, converted to WR.
Marcel Reece: WR in college, converted to FB.
Nnamdi Asomugha: S in college, converted to CB.
Lance Johnstone: MLB in college, converted to DE.
David Ausberry: WR in college, converted to TE.
Robert Gallery: T in college, converted to G.
Todd Christensen: FB in college, converted to TE.
Ethan Horton: HB in college, converted to TE.

And I'm sure there are others, as well.




Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Casserly: OAK draft strategy for Pryor was sound

Al Davis has done a great job of taking athletes and finding places for him to play. So you can bet they'll look at him at other positions in the next 12 months." 
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Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Casserly: OAK draft strategy for Pryor was sound

I agree with most of what you've said, but I don't think that even if Pryor had stayed another year - true NFL analysts would be talking about him as the next Cam Newton. Cam is a much more compelte QB, has a stronger arm and is more of a prostyle QB.  That being said, I think if Pyror and the Raiders are patient, he could turn out to be a steal.

 



Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Casserly: OAK draft strategy for Pryor was sound

It is funny to me how mostly everyone else is critisizing this pick. To me its a great find. He is a freak athlete with great ability and in the right system could be a great player. He comes to a stituation in Oakland where previously stated there is no pressure on him to go in and be the starter or to save the organization. Hue Jackson is known for his development of QB's and Al Saunders is a great Offensive Cord.
He will have to learn how to play QB in the NFL as far as being patient and waiting for his recievers to get open if he has time. He has the ability to extend the play if need be with his speed and as long as his accuracy gets better he should be a good fit. He has a decent arm which is good with the speed the offense brings.
People are making too much of a big deal out of this. If he would have stayed and had a great year at Ohio State we'd be talking about him being the next Cam Newton. To me this a great pick and for what it is, it's a low risk high reward if this pans out!


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