Posted by Josh Katzowitz
With former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor evidently headed to the NFL supplemental draft after deciding to leave the Buckeyes program, there’s been plenty of talk recently about which squads would take a chance on Pryor and what they would be willing to give up to do so.
The Raiders, I suppose, could be one of those teams, and the Oakland Tribune’s Jerry McDonald pens a piece that endorses that idea.
In fact, McDonald’s story reads, “It's a debate that really isn't a debate at all. More of a slam dunk, really. Similar to the dunks Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw down with regularity as a high school basketball star at Jeannette High in southwestern Pennsylvania. If you are Al Davis and have a chance to put a once-in-a-generation athlete on the Raiders for the cost of a third-round pick or later, you do it.”
That theory certainly isn’t widely-held. NFL Film’s Greg Cosell watched film of Pryor last week, and he came away unimpressed. In fact, if there is a supplemental draft, there’s a legitimate question about whether Pryor would be selected at all.
It’s because it seems highly unlikely that Pryor could make it as an NFL quarterback – possibly, a third-stringer at best – and though he’s outstanding athletically, you have to wonder if a team would be willing to drop as little as a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft in order to take Pryor in this year’s supplemental.
Hell, even one UFL team says it wouldn’t be interested in him.
Yet, McDonald argues that the Raiders should be the ones to take Pryor, even if they can’t make him a quarterback.
"What a weapon he would be. You stand next to him and you can't believe what a physical specimen he is," former OSU assistant Doug Plank told McDonald. "He's got great hands, and he's deceptive fast. He just glides away from people – even people in the secondary."
McDonald also writes that Pryor is exactly the kind of athletes that Davis, in the past, has loved. Guys like Bo Jackson and Raghib Ismael come to mind.
For the record, Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and is one of the best college RBs of all time. Ismael finished second in the Heisman race in 1990. Meanwhile, Pryor’s collegiate career is largely considered a disappointment.
And one thing we can’t forget. Jackson and Ismael didn’t have any off-the-field issues coming out of college. Pryor was involved in a tiny matter that ended with his long-time, ridiculously-successful college coach out of a job.
That’s not to say that teams will freeze out Pryor because of those issues, because, in reality, if a guy can play in the NFL, somebody will put him on a roster. But when you have major questions about whether you can play in the first place, that’s a pretty big problem. A problem the Raiders probably don’t need to hoist upon themselves.
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