Monday, August 22, 2011

Terrelle Pryor Goes To The Black Hole Of His NFL Career

It's not at all a surprise that former Ohio State University star Terrelle Pryor was taken in the supplemental draft today by the Oakland Raiders.  Perhaps it was a bit of a surprise that he went in the third round, but then again the Raiders didn't have a fourth round pick and might have been afraid he'd get away.  As it is, the Raiders just lost their 4th round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
Early news out of Oakland was that owner Al Davis fell in love with Pryor's straight-line speed.  He ran the 40-yard dash at his workout on Saturday in 4.41 seconds.

In fact, when I wrote the article a few days ago predicting where I thought he would go, Oakland was my #2 spot (Cincinnati was the first):
Oakland Raiders - I could see where Al Davis would fall in love with Pryor's measurables.  That's all you need to know.
Now, rumors right now abound that the Raiders want Pryor at wide receiver.  That is Pryor's best chance to get on the field far sooner than if he played quarterback.  He could still continue to try and learn the quarterback position in Oakland, tutoring under Jason Campbell.

Aside from the fact that he's on the Raiders, this actually might be the best situation for Pryor.  He's on a team where the owner has fallen in love with him and will force the coaching staff to bring along as quickly as possible.  That, and the fact that Al Davis is going to pay him far more than what any other team would have.

Pryor's expected to get a contract in the range of 4 years, $3.2 million with a $591,000 signing bonus.  Certainly more money than he would have gotten had he gone in the regular NFL draft, and a chance to prove himself for his next contract.


mousey1958 said...

After last season, most commentators said they thought Pryor would not be a good QB in the NFL, but would do better at WR. I will not surprised if that happens. He does have lots of talent.....I guess someone will find a way to make him a better player. There were some who wanted the Browns to pick him, but most folks were against it.

Jules said...

If he is going to actually be a wide receiver in the NFL, then he made the right decision in coming out this year. He wouldn't have worked at WR at OSU and lost another year of true preparation for the NFL. I just wonder how he's gonna like getting hit all the time?

Thanks for the comment!