The Oakland Raiders are giving another renegade speedster an opportunity as Al Davis added another weapon to his team by selecting former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft
One of the bigger non-events on the NFL Calendar, the Supplemental Draft, is in the books for another year. However this year’s rendition of the Supplemental Draft was probably talked about more than any other since its inception in 1977.
The reason for the hoopla around this year’s event was the emergence of former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor (6’5, 232, 4.38). After a checkered past in Columbus, Ohio, causing many to wonder if Pryor would even be selected at all on Monday. Well everyone’s wait ended when the NFL’s largest conference call gave us the news that Pryor had been picked in the 3rd round by Oakland Raiders with the 18th pick of that round.
The pick byOaklandwas nothing new given the fact that Pryor brings a lot of “Raider-esque” qualities. Former athletic college quarterback (see Eldridge Dickey, Ronald Curry, Teyo Johnson, and others); Extremely Fast (see Raghib Ismail, Willie Gault, Jacoby Ford, and others); plus an “Attitude” player who needs a shot at redemption in Silver-and-Black (see Lyle Alzado, Billy Cannon, and others). As a junior in 2010, Pryor threw for 2,772 yards, 27 TDs, and 11 INTs with an additional 754 yards and 4 TDs rushing in leading the Buckeyes to a Sugar Bowl victory.
By selecting Pryor, the already draft pick strained Raiders forfeited their third-round selection in the 2012 draft. Not surprising, Pryor also was the only player selected in the league’s special draft. Other eligible players, former Georgia running back Caleb King (signed by Vikings), former Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson, former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, former Lindenwood University defensive end Keenan Mace, and former North Carolina defensive end Mike McAdoo will now have to go the undrafted free agent or CFL or Arena Football route in their professional football career.
As for Pryor, expect Raiders innovative offensive head coach Hue Jackson to find ways to get the multifaceted former junior-eligible on the field. I am sure a “Pryor Package” full of Wildcat plays is already in the works. However I believe it is going to be a while before Pryor grows from a raw prospect – scouts questioned his throwing motion and accuracy — into a professional quarterback. With veteran quarterbacks Jason Campbell, Trent Edwards, and Kyle Boller already on the Raiders roster expect the Pennsylvania youngster to be a “Slash” first –with new league rules the 3rd QB on a team’s roster can be active for regular season game.
Of course before the former High School All-American can play in the regular season, he must first serve a 5-game suspension (can practice and play in preseason) for his conduct before leavingOhioState– has already said that he won’t fight Commissioner Goodell’s ruling. After his workout inGreensburg,Pennsylvania, Pryor said that he wanted to be a quarterback in the NFL, but said he was willing to help the team that drafted him in anyway.
It will be interesting to see where Pryor’s career with the Raiders goes from here, but at the very least the NFL has given him an opportunity by letting him in the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Lloyd Vance is an NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA). Lloyd can be reached on Twitter @lloydvance_nfl