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Raiders could be the perfect fit for Terrelle Pryor

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In Sunday morning’s edition of the Oakland Tribune, Jerry McDonald makes a compelling case for former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor to join the Silver and Black.

The Raiders were known to be exceptionally high on one athletic quarterback in April’s draft, and Pryor is expected to be available for the supplemental version. McDonald calls it “a slam dunk” that Raiders owner Al Davis should take a flier on Pryor if he’s available in the third round or later.

McDonald believes that Pryor resembles No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton “in a lot of ways,” from athleticism to stature to “comparable arm strength.” (NFL Films guru Greg Cosell would disagree.) As a three-year college starter, Pryor also has much more experience than Newton entering the pros.

Whether or not you agree with McDonald’s Pryor-Newton comparison, the Pryor-Raiders connection makes plenty of sense. Pryor has the measurables that Davis covets, and the Raiders’ pre-draft infatuation with Colin Kaepernick confirms that they are indeed seeking a developmental quarterback. 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke was “convinced” that the Raiders were trying to trade up in the draft for Kaepernick.

It’s worth noting that the Raiders already traded away their 2012 second- and fourth-round picks. Since supplemental selections cost a team the corresponding pick in next year’s draft, the Raiders would not be eligible to draft Pryor in either of those rounds.

But they could take him in the third or fifth.

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48 Responses to “Raiders could be the perfect fit for Terrelle Pryor”
  1. Tyler Conway says: Jun 12, 2011 3:12 PM

    Oh, hey..the Raiders could take a chance on a player with character issues. What a creative and original column

  2. sportsandtv says: Jun 12, 2011 3:15 PM

    Remember how conservative of an offense OSU ran compared to Auburn. Even though I don’t think Pryor or Newton will do much in the NFL.

  3. thetooloftools says: Jun 12, 2011 3:16 PM

    This would be a perfect fit. I have banged on T – Pry like a drum, but i never said he couldn’t play. I think he will play qb in the NFL and I do agree Oakland is a perfect fit. T-Pry has something J-Mac never did… a work ethic. I wish him well and I’m a Buckeye honk. (God is the NCAA going to slaughter us).

  4. trbowman says: Jun 12, 2011 3:25 PM

    Signing Pryor would be a dumb move. The Raiders do dumb things.

    If the glove fits….

  5. hobartbaker says: Jun 12, 2011 3:27 PM

    Greg Cosell has no clue. Dead Howard would give you a better breakdown. If you’re very quiet, late at night, and listen carefully.

  6. thompgk says: Jun 12, 2011 3:27 PM

    Pryor isn’t even close to Cam Newton.

    Supplemental draft is going to show that.

  7. micker716 says: Jun 12, 2011 3:30 PM

    The Raiders are not a “perfect fit” for anyone.

  8. hobartbaker says: Jun 12, 2011 3:30 PM

    Someone use a second on TP. He is faster, smarter, and far less of a character risk than the Newt. Better than Kaepernick in every department, and two years younger. But he still may be better as a receiver. Get on the field sooner and less pressure.

  9. hobartbaker says: Jun 12, 2011 3:39 PM

    Normally when you trade a future pick for a current one you give up one round in draft value. So using a third round pick in supplemental is equivalent to a fourth round pick, normally. That is a big consideration. You have the guy for a whole year before you have to pay for him.

  10. hobartbaker says: Jun 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    Panthers gave up the 33rd overall pick in the April draft for a quarterback they planned to convert to wide receiver. Armanti Edwards, who would fit in Terrelle Pryor’s backpack and runs a 4.7 40 or something. Pryor seems like he should be worth a lot more than that, for similar purposes.

  11. stixzidinia says: Jun 12, 2011 4:11 PM

    Terrell Pryor and the Raiders are perfect for each other. Sucks if you’re a Raiders fan. But then, if you’ve made a conscious decision to root for the Raiders you kind of deserve it.

  12. canetic says: Jun 12, 2011 4:20 PM

    Prison is also a perfect fit.

  13. lickenkittens says: Jun 12, 2011 4:27 PM

    Haha…the title is money.

  14. jdlaroo says: Jun 12, 2011 4:35 PM


    Prison & the Raiders. Basically the same thing.

  15. johntaylorblowsweiner says: Jun 12, 2011 4:35 PM

    Hopefully Pryor ends up working in a factory for minimum wage. That would be the perfect place for him

  16. MVQB7 says: Jun 12, 2011 4:47 PM

    Hobart has a point…. yes the panthers were idiots making that trade for edwards…. Pryor is as good talent wise as edwards… definitely worth risking a 4th rounder on. He would fit in philly too or cleveland.

  17. dogsweat1 says: Jun 12, 2011 5:00 PM

    AL Davis, “Richard Pryor will be our starting quarterback in 2011!”

  18. dryheaveone says: Jun 12, 2011 5:03 PM

    LOL….a Jamarcus Russell clone

  19. raideralex99 says: Jun 12, 2011 5:11 PM

    Enough of these athleticism QBs … you need a brain to be a QB in the NFL.

  20. Wisconsin77 says: Jun 12, 2011 5:36 PM

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve heard all month.

  21. secretomen00 says: Jun 12, 2011 5:52 PM

    why is oakland always the perfect for a convict?

  22. randyinman says: Jun 12, 2011 5:58 PM

    Pryor may be the only college football player to make more money than Cam last season.

  23. mpoles says: Jun 12, 2011 5:59 PM

    Scouting organisation Ourlad’s rates him as a “first/second round developmental talent”.

  24. leftcoastnative says: Jun 12, 2011 5:59 PM

    With draft choices already depleted for the 2012 draft, I doubt seriously if Al tosses a 3rd or 5th round supplemental pick for Pryor.

    He did covet and envy Vince Young and was adamant about JaMarcus being the 2nd coming of Plunkett, but both of those choices proved to be less than Mel Kiperesc.

  25. tjacks7 says: Jun 12, 2011 6:14 PM

    Pryor and Newton are a lot a like. Both a lot of hype. Pryor coming out of high school. Newton coming out of college. Both should enjoy short careers at the next level.

  26. terrellblowens says: Jun 12, 2011 6:18 PM

    The Eagles wouldn’t surprise me either. An athletic QB learning from arguably the most athletic QB in NFL history… seems like a decent fit, and Andy Reid can sure coach up QBs. I don’t know if the Eagles would want to deal with his baggage though

  27. tatum064 says: Jun 12, 2011 6:22 PM

    stixzidinia says: Jun 12, 2011 4:11 PM

    Terrell Pryor and the Raiders are perfect for each other. Sucks if you’re a Raiders fan. But then, if you’ve made a conscious decision to root for the Raiders you kind of deserve it.

    is that why we dropped 59 on Denver? Because they deserved it?

  28. hsteacher says: Jun 12, 2011 6:35 PM

    But they could take him in the third or fifth.

    It’s the Raiders, they could take him in the first!

  29. hobartbaker says: Jun 12, 2011 6:57 PM

    Pryor’s college passing stats are identical to Vince Young over three seasons. He had almost as many rushing yards. Scored just 3 less total touchdowns. Had an identical career passer rating. Plus Terrelle was a year and a bit younger when he did it. How can VY be worth third overall pick and Pryor not worth second round in freaking supplemental draft? Makes no sense. Both of them ran 4.4 40s coming into college, but Young was 6-4, 195 pounds at the time, and Pryor was 6-6, 235.

  30. JackLeone says: Jun 12, 2011 7:04 PM

    Please don’t start the stupid nicknaming convention of using the first letter of his first name & the first 3 letters of his name. Just calling him “Terrell” or “Prior” is just fine.

  31. tashkalucy says: Jun 12, 2011 7:16 PM

    Al plays the vertical passing game.

    Pryor has a below average arm that is inaccurate. He doesn’t read defenses well, and will run rather that stay in he pocket and wait for a receiver to get open.

    This is a silly column.

  32. tashkalucy says: Jun 12, 2011 7:28 PM

    “….but both of those choices proved to be less than Mel Kiperesc.”

    Mel is like Jim Cramer doing stocks…..within a week he talks up over 500 companies, and brags when a few hit.

    I’ve seen studies on Cramer’s picks — he is well behind the S & P and behind most decent nutual funds.

    Someone needs to do a study on Mel’s record…because it’s pretty awful.

    P.S. The yuppie way of using that cliche is “esque”, not esc. But then again, you’d have to know the word.

  33. tjacks7 says: Jun 12, 2011 7:59 PM

    He may be a 3rd of 5th round pick in the supplemental draft, but he’s gonna want more money than he was making at OSU. Could get interesting.

  34. screbels89 says: Jun 12, 2011 8:18 PM

    The Raiders have never made a pick in the supplemental draft. Guy is intriguing but I say nah.

  35. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jun 12, 2011 8:31 PM

    As a Raider fan, hopefully history repeats itself and that cheese loveing H.C in Washington drafts this loser from Ohio State like he did when he wasted a 3rd on Maurice Clarett……

    Of course being a Raider fan history repeats itself way to often for us and Al will draft another bust Pryor like his “great playaa” JaMarcus or the lobster clawed-hands of stone dhBUST…..

  36. nuclearwarfare says: Jun 12, 2011 8:43 PM

    LOL I commented “I forgot that PFT thinks that every big unpolished black QB is perfect for the Raiders” and it got deleted.

    Evan Silva, stop being a girl.

  37. johntaylor says: Jun 12, 2011 8:58 PM

    JackLeone says:
    Jun 12, 2011 7:04 PM
    Please don’t start the stupid nicknaming convention of using the first letter of his first name & the first 3 letters of his name. Just calling him “Terrell” or “Prior” is just fine.


    Tpry, Tpry,Tpry,Tpry,Tpry,Tpry,Tpry,

  38. devinmr711 says: Jun 12, 2011 9:06 PM

    If the Raiders select Pryor in the Supp. Draft , I won’t even buy Madden NFL 12.

  39. hendeeze says: Jun 12, 2011 9:29 PM

    hsteacher says:
    Jun 12, 2011 6:35 PM
    But they could take him in the third or fifth.

    It’s the Raiders, they could take him in the first!

    No hes not a special teamer.

    I love watching Da Raidas, draft Qb’s who cant throw, and WR’s who can’t catch. But hey they run 4.3’s amirite!!!!!

  40. d3murf says: Jun 12, 2011 11:54 PM

    Terrelle Pryor is receiving Hate similar to his buddy LeBron James. I wish more people would judge players with their own eyes instead of letting others think for them. (Well this is America–land of Sheep) The Sugar Bowl last yr–showed that Terrelle Pryor has some sort of talent at the QB position.

    He gave Arkansas all it could handle. He made some throws in tight windows. He threw some receivers open. Had touch on the deep ball. Looked real getting out of the pocket. Being 31-4 as starter and throwing 27 td’s to 11 int’s in the Big 10 when teams are scheming directly for you–should atleast earn you a shot at making a roster as a 3rd stringer or something. Hell even Rusty Smith started a game for Titans. Dan Orlovsky started for the lions. He’s easily as talented than those guys. Once Pryor matures mentally–from being the most hyped guy ever–he might be serviceable.

    Why not point out what he does-and not what he doesn’t? I’ve seen Pryor take the snap from center 37483 x’s. Seen him do play-action and turning his back to the Defense. I’ve seen some nice ball-handling etc. A Good Coach can bring out the rest.

  41. ch8878 says: Jun 13, 2011 12:19 AM

    The funny thing about these comments is the Raiders were 8-8 last year maybe 10-6 or better this coming year.

    Also when you look at Terrelle Pryor’s three seasons in college level he improved all 3 years, unlike Cam Newton TP has through for over 300 yards in games.

  42. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jun 13, 2011 12:32 AM

    Balkke is a liar…Kaepernick should be on the bench in the UFL.

  43. badmude says: Jun 13, 2011 12:34 AM

    Seems to me there are team hurting for QBs a lot more than the Raiders. Maybe Seattle, Cinci, Miami Arizona, Vikings, Bills, Skins. Maybe, you mediots out there stop taking the easy path of Raider bashing and be a professional, do your own research and write your own thoughts in an unbiased report. Then again is it possible for the Mediots to think for themselves? Yeah, maybe not!

  44. jgrange says: Jun 13, 2011 3:31 AM

    Raiders have never made one pick in the supplemental draft and this guy does not have a strong arm. He does not fit whatsoever within the team or Al’s philosophy. This is one of the biggest conclusions I’ve seen jumped to by PFT and that’s saying something. Congrats on being ridiculous.

  45. Keyser Söze says: Jun 13, 2011 8:12 AM

    Not happening. No need.


  46. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    I’m surprised only one other person has brought this up, but as soon as I read this, I thought JaMarcus Russell 2.0

  47. tformation says: Jun 13, 2011 10:36 AM

    Someone will pick Prior up. If he goes to the 7th round, someone will say, “hey, free money” and pick him up for potential alone. If he’s there in the 6th, Oakland, Miami or Arizona should pick him up then.

    How does the supplemental free draft work, any way? Do they give each team a certain amount of time to make each pick or pass? Gotta be a pretty dull day… 32 teams passing for 5 rounds or longer before someone makes a move…

  48. quantrilraider says: Jun 29, 2011 3:46 PM

    T Pryor sells a few rings and a used jockstrap for some tattoos and some W.A.M. and he belongs in prison? Get real! This speaks to the hypocrisy of the NCAA, which squeezes every penny it can out of the marketability of its stars, while giving zero back to them albeit a college education, which so many of them don’t achieve anyway. I don’t think he will succeed in the NFL, but who knows? After the (genius) Al Davis pulled the carpet out from under Raider nation by firing Tom Cable, after the most encouraging season since 2004, I’m willing to try anything. Its ponderous man, f-ing ponderous.

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