QB Terrelle Pryor was planning to play for Ohio State University just four short months ago.
That quickly changed. OSU HC Jim Tressel resigned as Head Coach for the team amid recruiting allegations in late May, and shortly after Pryor said he would not be returning. If he stayed at Ohio State, he would have been suspended for five games for receiving improper benefits.
By then, it was way after the draft. He decided to enter the Supplemental Draft, but his eligibility was in doubt. The NFL debated his eligibility for a while and concluded that he could enter the Supplemental Draft, but would have to be suspended for the first five weeks of the season. And no practices for the first five weeks of the season.
Pryor did enter the Supplemental Draft, which was today. Two days ago, he had a mini Pro Day in front of scouts from 17 teams. He ran a 4.3 40.
Today, the Raiders spent their 2012 Third Round Pick on Pryor. The Raiders lost QB Bruce Gradkowski via free agency this offseason, but still had QB Jason Campbell on their roster. The Raiders got more stability by drafting Pryor. The Raiders also have QB’s Kyle Boller and Trent Edwards on their roster, but Pryor is more athletic and is far more versatile than Boller and Edwards.
Despite playing Quarterback his entire career, Pryor is also listed as a hybrid WR/TE. His speed and size (6’6”, 233 pounds) can make him a decent Wideout. Former Kent State QB Julian Edelman switched to Receiver in the NFL, and is a reliable target for Pats QB Tom Brady.
Much speculation will revolve around Pryor’s position. Much like QB Tim Tebow predraft 2011, critics are debating and arguing about Pryor’s position. He’s weight-wise a little too small for Tight End, but will fit smoothly into the Wide Receiver position.
But that’s only if the Raiders move him from QB.
Which is not likely.
Pryor scrambled and dashed a lot in college and did it fluently, but in the NFL there is a big risk with that. The Raiders definitely don’t want him to get hurt, so Pryor might have to frequently cool his jets.
He needs to get some experience under his belt before he can be dubbed fulltime starter. Pryor should take note and study some of the NFL’s greatest Quarterbacks ever in the five weeks while he’s not with the team.
But he also needs to stay in tiptop shape.
Pryor needs to develop his style. He’s not yet a pro-style Quarterback, so he needs to learn the scheme and settle in first. In a few years, if he is developed enough and has the right work ethic, he’ll get his chance to shine.