Raiders Pay for Pryor

After seeing Jason Campbell get beat up by the 49ers yesterday, who can blame the Raiders on grabbing Terrelle Pryor with a 3rd round pick? I mean, this isn’t exactly a wasted JaMarcus Russell pick, having wasted a first overall pick several years ago. At least they didn’t take Cam Newton.

Pryor had a record of 31-4 as a starter at Ohio State that started in his freshman year. He has played in many a big game and there was never a moment too big for him. If you look down the Raiders roster, you can see that they did a good job of selecting players that came from winning programs. That has to be a big part of why the Raiders were able to break the losing record streak in 2010. Pryor would just add to the young team the Raiders have that are used to winning from their college days.

Given the shaky Raiders system, it’s possible to see Pryor starting by the end of the season, and although he was projected to be used with a 4th or 5th round pick, a starting QB from your 3rd pick is a bonus any way you look at it.

Who will Pay for Pryor?

Announced yesterday (I was busy, sorry~), the NFL will allow Terrelle Pryor into the supplemental draft this weekend. However, they are sticking with the NCAA’s ruling of a 5-game suspension. Pryor will be able to work out, practice, and play in preseason games, but will be restricted to the sidelines with a clipboard for the first 5 weeks of the NFL.

He’s a great athlete and will make Cam Newton look like just a number-2 pick. However, with one-third of his rookie season under suspension, and with loads of retraining to be an elite NFL-level quarterback, is he worth drafting? Will a desperate team need to spend a first or second round pick for him?

As the supplemental draft rule goes in the NFL, teams bid using next year’s round picks. If someone bids a 2nd round pick, and wins Terrelle Pryor, they lose that pick in next April’s rookie draft. If he hadn’t been ruled eligible, Pryor would have had to wait until next April for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Pryor had his best season statistically as a junior, throwing for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also ran for 754 yards and four scores while helping the Buckeyes win the Sugar Bowl.Regarded as the nation’s top quarterback recruit coming out of high school, Pryor led Ohio State to an 8-1 record as a starter and was the Big Ten Conference’s freshman of the year. He took the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title the following season and a victory in the Rose Bowl. He was named the game’s MVP after Ohio State beat Oregon 26-17.

Shortly before the game, it was revealed that Pryor and other players traded Buckeyes memorabilia for cash and discounted tattoos. In the following months, it became clear that Tressel knew about the improper benefits in the spring of 2010 but didn’t inform his bosses, as was required under his contract and NCAA rules. Tressel was forced out of his job May 30, and Pryor left Ohio State soon after.