Raiders Select QB Terrelle Pryor, In The Supplemental Draft
The 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft kicked into swing on Monday, August, 22. The Oakland Raiders were the first team to jump into the excitement.
For a third-round pick, Al Davis and the Raiders picked up the most-talked about prospect in supplemental draft history in former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor will not be available for the first five games of the 2011 regular season. The former standout for the Buckeyes was suspended along with four teammates by the NCAA for selling memorabilia.
He announced his withdraw from the University of Ohio State in June and practically at the last minute he became eligible for the supplemental draft.
What This Means For Raiders 2012 Draft: The move means Oakland will have plenty of time to sit on its hands next April. The team no longer has a 2nd, 3rd or 4th round pick. The Raiders traded a second-rounder to the Patriots, spent the third-rounder of course on Pryor and shipped the fourth-round selection to the Redskins for Jason Campbell in the 2010 draft.
Fun Fact: That means the Raiders gave up more for Pryor than the starting quarterback. That’s interesting.
What You Need To Know About Pryor: Al Davis is known for stunts like this. Sometimes it’s a success; sometimes it’s a disaster. In either case, Pryor certainly brings some baggage to the equation. Nonetheless, he may turn out to be a star under center in the NFL one day. Believe it or not, he had comparable numbers to the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft in Cam Newton. (Newton was also involved a highly-scrutinized scandal as well.)
The 2010 Rose Bowl MVP chalked up 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns on 477 completions through the air in his three-year collegiate career. Pryor also possesses terrific mobility and versatility at the next level. His best season in terms of the stat sheet happened in his junior campaign where he threw for 2,772 yards and had 27 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He also produced 754 rushing yards and four scores on his feet while leading the team to a win over the Quack Attack in the Sugar Bowl.
Pryor may be exactly what the Raiders need for their future. He’s really fast—a quality Hue Jackson and Davis always crave to have at any position, especially quarterback.
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