Former Ohio State quarterback and currently suspended NFL draftee Terrelle Pryor getting drafted by Oakland is so obvious I can’t believe I didn’t think of it when Pryor declared for the supplemental draft. It’s a perfect relationship, and it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m a Chargers fan.
First, there’s the fact that Pryor is likely a criminal…kidding. It’s really that he definitely took a Raider-esque attitude toward his time in Columbus. Only a Raider would get caught exchanging valuable collector’s items for tattoos, of all things. I have no idea what that means. I just love piling on the Raiders and Terrelle Pryor.
In truth, he’s a perfect match for Oakland for two reasons. First, his quarterbacking skills are very raw, but deep down he does have some pretty great qualities. He’s incredibly fast for a quarterback and has a good enough arm to make some throws Vince Young-style. He’s a project for sure, but what do the Raiders have to lose? They’re still in the throes of the post-JaMarcus Russell Era. And don’t forget that Russell was a similarly big-bodied talent, though he exchanged the big speed for a big arm. Hopefully Pryor will lay off the cough syrup.
Second, if playing quarterback doesn’t work out, there’s always receiver or tight end. Pryor even fits the Raider mold there too, in that he has no polish at the position whatsoever, just blazing speed and the tantalizing prospect for very long touchdowns. Problem is, if Pryor doesn’t work out at quarterback, there’s probably no one to throw him the ball. It’s the same problem Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford seem to have in Oakland.
Even ESPN draft expert Todd McShay couldn’t contain his sarcasm at the Pryor pick tweeting the following during the draft:
Raiders are putting together a gold medal Olympic relay team. That’s the goal, right?
Raiders reach for T. Pryor and his 4.38 40-yard dash in the third round. What a surprise!
I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure Isiah Thomas wasn’t drafting for the Raiders either. I guess they would have signed Steve Francis if that were the case.
The craziest part of this pick is that it’s entirely possible it wasn’t wasted after all. At least Pryor has some abilities that could get him somewhere in the league. That’s got to be a nice change for Raiders fans from the normal wasted third round picks.
Until Al Davis dies or sells the team, there’s no way the Raiders are going to be relevant. There’s just no way they know what they’re doing from a player personnel standpoint, and the whole league and every fan knows it. As a Chargers fan who lived through the grossly incompetent Bobby Beathard Era, I feel their pain.
I also feel glee every time the Raiders announce a draft pick. I mean this with all my heart: I hope Al Davis never dies.