With the trouble that he had at Ohio State, Terrelle Pryor has done what he needed to do in the off-season to get ready for the draft. The media has been saying that they don’t believe he can transfer over, but we will not know until he plays a game.
With it seeming like Terrelle Pryor has to suffer his college penalty by being suspended for the first five games of the regular season, the Oakland Raiders did not care as they picked him up. The Raiders picked Pryor up in the third round of the supplemental draft with the 18th pick. Pryor spent all Saturday working out in front of 17 NFL teams that figured that they may need his services.
The issue with Pryor was the fact that he was not sure until last Thursday if he was going to even be able to participate in the draft. Once Pryor found out that he was able to participate in the draft he quickly scheduled a pro day.
Some reports came out that the Raiders were looking to use Pryor as a receiver with the Raiders, but other reports said that they still consider him a quarterback. No matter what they do his agent Drew Rosenhaus is looking to have his client in a Raiders’ uniform and on the practice field as soon as possible. Pryor is able to make $2.36 million, including $591,000 in a signing bonus when he signs a four-year deal. Pryor immediately headed to the Bay Area, so they understand just how eager he is to wanting to play and learn the system.
Despite Pryor having to serve the five game suspension, he is still able to play in the remaining two exhibition games if he is signed in a reasonable time-frame. At 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds Pryor ran a 4.36 40-yard dash, and we all know that Al Davis loves big and fast players. The other thing the Raiders were probably looking at was starting quarterback Jason Campbell is now in his second season with the Raiders, but is in the last year of his contract, as are backups Kyle Boller and Trent Edwards.
Pryor is serving a five-game suspension by commissioner Roger Goodell for what the NCAA called a memorabilia scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job and Pryor a 5-game suspension if he was to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Pryor could have challenged and appealed he rolling by the commissioner, but chose to take his punishment and move forward.
Pryor’s time with the Ohio State Buckeyes he was pretty productive quarterback as he lead them to bowl game after bowl game. In his last year he threw for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions while running 754 yards with four touchdowns.
The only questions that will be asked now is,
1. Will Pryor have an impact on the Oakland Raiders?
2. Will Pryor get the chance to play quarterback?
3. Will he be a good quarterback when it comes to the future?
These are questions that media will ask and we will have to wait and get an answer, but until then Pryor can scratch one thing off his list. He is a NFL quarterback for now, and he was drafted to play in the NFL.