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Terrelle Pryor could be headed to receiver

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On Saturday, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor said that he’ll be willing to play whatever position his new NFL team wants him to play.

Pryor may get a chance to make good on that vow.

John Clayton of ESPN reports that the Raiders are more interested in using Pryor as a receiver than as a quarterback.

We can think of a few reasons for that.  Specifically, 4.36 reasons.

The Raiders love speed.  And Pryor showed on Saturday that he has incredible straight-line speed.

Some Raiders fans are pessimistic.  My cousin Josh, one of the few Raiders fans I know, predicts that Pryor will never play a game at any position in the NFL.

I think Pryor will.  In fact, he reminds me of a former West Virginia jack-of-all-trades who only became a full-time receiver during his senior season, when the Mountaineers were mired in a 1-4 start.  Jerry Porter played some quarterback and a lot of safety before landing in the position he’d call home for his NFL career.  Pryor, who likely would have inked with — and gotten his ink at — WVU if Rich Rodriguez hadn’t abandoned the program for Ann Arbor, has the ability to play a bunch of positions.

Regardless of Pryor’s ceiling at the quarterback position, the Raiders seem to traditionally put more emphasis on the guys who catch the passes than the guys who throw them.  And so, instead of making the mistake that the Broncos made in using a first-round pick on Tim Tebow and (to date) keeping him at his preferred position, the Raiders could be ready to see if Pryor can become a combination of the guy on whom they passed in 2007 in Calvin Johnson and the guy whom they’ve been hoping to rediscover for more than 25 years in Cliff Branch.

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  1. dolphan343 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:13 PM

    He has a lot of tattoos. Thats expensive for a college kid….

  2. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:13 PM

    He needs to do whatever the Raiders tell him.

  3. medtxpack says: Aug 22, 2011 5:14 PM

    i cant wait to NOT heat about this guy anymore. he’s becoming the new Media Tebow…

  4. radrntn says: Aug 22, 2011 5:14 PM

    all good……speed is a god given blessing…you can’t coach fast, but you can coach everything else. ask zach miller!

  5. mushroomcloudmofo says: Aug 22, 2011 5:15 PM

    Maybe I’m making something out of nothing, but is running shirtless and showing off his tats a bit of a slap at tOSU? I know, it’s to show off his anti-Andre-Smithtits, but still, those tats are what landed him in the Supplemental Draft in the first place.

    If I were a Buckeye fan, I’d hate him even more.

  6. batyuki says: Aug 22, 2011 5:15 PM

    The Raiders need help at every position anyway

  7. dirtdawg55 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:17 PM

    Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El … Those two turned in decent careers at WR after playing QB in college.

  8. chizzle20 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:18 PM

    Maybe they’ll have him throw the ball, run and catch it himself.

  9. broncotis3000 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:18 PM

    Just had to get Tebow in that sentence somewhere didnt you?

  10. qdog112 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:20 PM

    “Some Raiders fans are pessimistic. My cousin Josh, one of the few Raiders fans I know, predicts that Pryor will never play a game at any position in the NFL.”
    ——————————————————
    If you’re too non-committal to make a statement, maybe your cousin should be writing for you. By the way, after this piece and what I know about football, you should think about another job. Pryor comes in being in the top 1/3 players. Not only will he play in the NFL, he will play well.

  11. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Aug 22, 2011 5:20 PM

    Sweet tattoos bro. How much did those cost you?

  12. GG Eden says: Aug 22, 2011 5:22 PM

    Al is a genius

  13. ajknox88 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:23 PM

    he’ll be alright in the nfl, but only at the position he knows… QB. The NFL isn’t the best place to change your position considering how much faster paced it is compared to any other level of football.

  14. scudbot says: Aug 22, 2011 5:24 PM

    “As a receiver he has the same size speed ratio as a Vincent Jackson but then we have no idea if he can catch or run routes.”

  15. Land Snark says: Aug 22, 2011 5:25 PM

    Sure. Why not? I guess we’ll see if this is true week 6 or later.

  16. jaystop says: Aug 22, 2011 5:26 PM

    If he decided to really commit to the WR position, I could see him developing into Plaxico type player. Great size and straight line speed. Yet to be seen whether he can catch on a consistent basis.

  17. JackLeone says: Aug 22, 2011 5:26 PM

    They also passed on Larry Fitzgerald. I don’t have all year to list all of the players they passed on in the name of speed.

  18. tatum064 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    This kid was the no. 1 rated HS player in the country. He was being recruited by his hometown Penn State, and Meeeshigan, with their new coach Rich Rod and his shotgun, spread offense. Pryor coulda went there because that college offense fit his skillset so well. he woulda put up huge numbers.

    Instead he came to Columbus to play in a more traditional, Pro style offense. He was 31-4 and MVP of the Rose Bowl. However, he always seemed a lil frustrating to me. Maybe because the expectations were so high.

    He was capable of making some absolutely jaw-dropping highlight reel type plays. And then turn around a make a real head scratcher. He’s young and very talented. Still inconsistant, maybe.

    He might not throw absolute lazers like Vick, but he’s got enough arm, and is a similar athlete. He doesn’t run with as much power as Cam Newton, but I’d say he is very comparable with the no. 1 overall pick in the draft. And the Raiders got him for a 3rd rd pick. Very likely they have big plans for him with Campbell being a free agent next year. At receiver, he would have to totally learn a new position, route running, depth and so on. His run-after-the-catch ability could be pretty good, but he was the highest recruited QB in the Nation a few years ago.

  19. americankris says: Aug 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    Let him do both like Kordell Stewart

  20. wryly1 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:32 PM

    Pryor would be a bigger flop at WR than QB. Maybe…maybe, a TE.

  21. illumination666 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:33 PM

    Que the haters!
    Pryor is a monster. He is an athletic freak, especially for his size. As far as his receiver abilities go, who knows! Not you that’s for sure, so I’d stop judging :)

  22. themanchine says: Aug 22, 2011 5:37 PM

    I honestly hope the kid does well at QB, just to shut up all you haters saying he won’t.

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 22, 2011 5:37 PM

    The NFL is about more than just speed, size, and ability. You gotta be smart to play QB, football smart, not just dominate-everyone-because-I’m-so-fast-and-so-big.

  24. americankris says: Aug 22, 2011 5:39 PM

    Hes a qb why would a guy who played in a pro style offense be a te ?

  25. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 22, 2011 5:42 PM

    I think he should put on 20 pounds and be an Antonio Gates type tight end. His route running will be his weakness in the Nerf Football League. I think with his size and speed, He could be a dynamic TE. Just needs to add a little weight and learn to chip block.

  26. destroyedbydansnyder says: Aug 22, 2011 5:44 PM

    Brian Mitchell was a QB before he got in the NFL. He is now the NFL career kick returned for TDs leader (Hester will be soon).

  27. The Chu says: Aug 22, 2011 5:44 PM

    @JackLeone:

    “They also passed on Larry Fitzgerald. I don’t have all year to list all of the players they passed on in the name of speed.”

    —————–

    While I admit that the Raiders have passed up great players, so has every team. Plus, they didn’t pass up Fitzgerald for speed, they selected Robert Gallery, who at the time, even Charger fans wanted because he was a “sure thing”. Remember, it wasn’t too long ago that people thought the Raiders made a mistake in passing on Matt Leinart.

    Basically, EVERY team has passed on some star at one point or another.

  28. hooknosemike says: Aug 22, 2011 5:50 PM

    The Steelers have “zero tolerance” for tatoos

  29. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 22, 2011 5:51 PM

    @ americankris

    have you seen him throw a football? its bad man. NFL db’s would eat him alive with that wind-up and release. Iv’e seriously seen better throwing motion out of HS QB’s. Watched Dysert (miami oh) and Radcliff (cent mich) play in HS in NW ohio. both had smoother releases, stronger arms, and both probably have a better shot at QB next level than Pryor.

  30. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 22, 2011 5:53 PM

    Brian Mitchell was a QB before he got in the NFL. He is now the NFL career kick returned for TDs leader (Hester will be soon).

    Have you heard about the new kickoff rules?

  31. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 22, 2011 5:55 PM

    Bottom Line. Pryor has a ton of freakish athletic ability. It does not mean it will translate to the next level, and it certainly does not mean he’s a good QB.

  32. cmich2006 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:56 PM

    WVU ran a dirty program under Rich Rod…didn’t know it was dirty enough to outspend O$U for Pryor though.

  33. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:00 PM

    I don’t know how good or bad this pick will be but let’s be honest. If New England used a third round pick for Prior the media would be saying it was another genius move from Mr. Hoodie.

  34. hendeeze says: Aug 22, 2011 6:01 PM

    Sure there have been some collegite QB’s turned into pro WR’s. But none of them have ever played for the Raiders……. Just win Maybe

  35. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:01 PM

    Raiders should use Prior at TE down the road (2012). Don’t see him making much of an impact if at all this season. He’s not an NFL QB, IMO.

  36. jetropolitans says: Aug 22, 2011 6:02 PM

    The Raiders love speed. And Pryor showed on Saturday that he has incredible straight-line speed.
    —————–

    How pissed were raiders fans when this guy ran a 4.4, knowing Al Davis was probably frothing at the mouth?

  37. humptyfratz says: Aug 22, 2011 6:03 PM

    Why not? He’ll be higher on the depth chart than Darius Heyward-Bey…

  38. terryleather says: Aug 22, 2011 6:05 PM

    Didn’t they learn their lesson from Rickey Dudley?

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 22, 2011 6:06 PM

    James Jett v2.0

  40. darthvincent says: Aug 22, 2011 6:07 PM

    All he needs to do is get off the line of scrimmage without being jammed and then create separation…

    That’s something hundreds of college WR’s fail at every year when they come to the NFL. Soooo good luck with that.

  41. bossplayer213 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:12 PM

    Nonsense. This is the QB Al Davis has been dreaming for. Raiders already have WR’s with Pryor’s speed. Al drafted him with every intention to make him QB.

    Clayton’s sources suck.

  42. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 22, 2011 6:21 PM

    He’s got a long, loopy ball delivery similar to Jason Campbell. It’s like he’s making a throw to the plate from center field. That just doesn’t work in the NFL unless you have lightning quick cognitive abilities to speed your reads of the defense. By the time Campbell makes his reads and starts to wind up, the pocket is usually collapsing.
    I’m just not seeing Pryor as an NFL quarterback.

    But, since I’m a Raider fan, I hope it works out.

  43. thingamajig says: Aug 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    So the Raiders used a first round draft choice to draft a speedy receiver in DH-B who has been pretty much a bust, but they figure they can make a receiver out of a speedy QB? Lots of luck.

  44. theytukrjobs says: Aug 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    I think Pryor has a high ceiling given his athleticism and general football skills. But a 3rd rounder seems steep. There are generally really raw but athletic players available as late as the 6th or 7th round.

    I can’t believe the Raiders were the ones to end up reaching on a high risk player like this.

  45. stackraider95 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:24 PM

    Why Terrell Pryor Is NOT Jafatboy Russell
    1-Look at the pic, Pryor is in shape
    2-If it was Russell about 100 pounds of fat would be hanging out

  46. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 22, 2011 6:27 PM

    “Let him do both like Kordell Stewart”
    _____________________________

    Oh yeah… there’s a Hall of Fame career to emulate.

  47. snnyjcbs says: Aug 22, 2011 6:30 PM

    So good to see the 360 degree switch in comments from before the Draft today with so many Foaming at the Mouth that their Team would take Pryor. To the Post Draft comments now coming with Pryor now being a Leper that is not fit to play Pop Warner with people giving thanks their Team did not take him. And people wonder why the country is in the shape she is in, soft, fake and phony, throw in a whole lot of punk today and one can see how America is on such a decline.

  48. nineroutsider says: Aug 22, 2011 6:34 PM

    The raiders like guys that got ‘getting-away-from-the-cops speed’…just like their fans.

  49. chipwade says: Aug 22, 2011 6:35 PM

    He’s like Matt Jones, without all of the… He’s like Matt Jones.

  50. mwcarolina says: Aug 22, 2011 6:54 PM

    Nonsense. This is the QB Al Davis has been dreaming for. Raiders already have WR’s with Pryor’s speed. Al drafted him with every intention to make him QB.
    ————————————————————–
    i agree with this here!!! First off Clayton says one thing and Adam Shefter says another. Shefter said they plan to have him at QB and i think he does play QB. i agree with the one who posted that because this is the QB Al Davis likely dreamed up. he’s got size (i think he’s 6-6), he’s mobile and has speed, is young and has a strong arm.

  51. hittfamily says: Aug 22, 2011 6:56 PM

    Anquan Bolden was a high school QB, and even started his last game at FSU at QB against Georgia in the Sugar bowl. He turned out alright.

  52. radrntn says: Aug 22, 2011 7:01 PM

    nineroutsider….like the bayview hunter point area is such a nice neighborhood….you are a moron.

  53. granadafan says: Aug 22, 2011 7:01 PM

    His straight speed is fast, but his lateral speed at the combine was terrible. There are a lot of fast cornerbacks and they’ll have deep safety help. If he can’t create separation and run routes well, then he’s another bust. We’ll see

  54. bucforever says: Aug 22, 2011 7:02 PM

    Karma man,karma.

  55. chadinkc30 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:14 PM

    You realize 360 degrees is a circle right? I think you meant 180. I think the country is in bad shape because of idiots like you!

  56. bebopa says: Aug 22, 2011 7:24 PM

    too high of a pick to use on Pryor, he may be a player “down the road” but a third rd pick is too high.

  57. drunkenagitator says: Aug 22, 2011 7:24 PM

    Overrated NCAA flash in the pan. Not an NFL player, the WR thing will never work out.

  58. conjecture101 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:31 PM

    Tell your cousin Josh that we neither want or need the negativity that “fans” like him provide at the expense of the true supporters of the Raiders organization.

  59. getweird4u says: Aug 22, 2011 7:35 PM

    @mushroomcloudmofo
    Lifelong buckeye fan and i dont hate the kid,he left school because the ncaa requested him to be at the indy sanctions meeting along with tressel and he knew if he stayed he was going to have to throw tress and the bux under the bus.It was just the buckeyes turn to get nailed and i for one love all the hate the bux got when they got caught,just proves ur doin something right when everyone hates your school.ALL the good schools do it to varying degrees for my money ill bet that the ncaa is no more in 10 years.In the nfl the guy will probably fail unless he learns how to work hard and use his brain a lil more.

  60. nineroutsider says: Aug 22, 2011 7:38 PM

    radrntn says: Aug 22, 2011 7:01 PM

    nineroutsider….like the bayview hunter point area is such a nice neighborhood….you are a moron.
    ————————————————————-
    I wasn’t referencing a geographical area, I was referencing an entire fan base, but nice try.

    Don’t shot me over it bro…

  61. nineroutsider says: Aug 22, 2011 7:38 PM

    radrntn says: Aug 22, 2011 7:01 PM

    nineroutsider….like the bayview hunter point area is such a nice neighborhood….you are a moron.
    ————————————————————-
    I wasn’t referencing a geographical area, I was referencing an entire fan base, but nice try.

    Don’t shoot me over it bro…

  62. ochoverated says: Aug 22, 2011 7:45 PM

    Maybe he can trade gun fire for new tattoo at Vick’s next birthday party

  63. 52crabcakes says: Aug 22, 2011 7:46 PM

    who is going to throw the football to him?

  64. barklikeadog says: Aug 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    Next tattoo = BUST

  65. nannymcsack says: Aug 22, 2011 7:58 PM

    Julian Edelman played qb in college. decent punt returner and hes gotten pretty good watching wes ‘crazylegs’ welker

  66. jeremyb91 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:06 PM

    People tend to forget the fact he’s got great hands from playing basketball and was considered one of the best high school basketball recruits the same year he was drafted. ESPN rated him a 96. He’s a stud and has the athletic skills and background to make a switch.

    So he has the hands, speed, and freakish size. What’s not more to love in trying to develop that combined with a WR who just got a $50 million contract as means of motivation?

  67. chipwade says: Aug 22, 2011 8:50 PM

    I would think that if you weren’t picked in the first, maybe second, round of any draft that you shouldn’t be labeled as a bust. He may very well turn out to be a good player.

  68. j0esixpack says: Aug 22, 2011 9:43 PM

    4.37???

    With that speed he could play quarterback AND receiver… on the same play!

  69. drunkenagitator says: Aug 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    Arena league talent, Pop Warner brain.

  70. slewdazzle says: Aug 22, 2011 10:18 PM

    Pardon me, but you can’t be much of an “analyst” if you don’t know that Jacoby Ford IS the next Cliff Branch, he’s “Cliff Branch 2.0″ – he’s faster and he’s got better hands. This kid is going to set the NFL on fire this year because of his ability to outrun the angles taken by your average NFL defensive back – that’s precisely what makes him so special. I’ve watched the film, and it takes my breath away everytime I see his potential.

    Nobody knows who Jacoby Ford is right now. Buy mid-season, he will be a highlight favorite of the pundits who will point out his unique ability to outrun defensive backs to spots on the field designed to prevent TDs. I expect a minimum of 12TDs this year, moving to an astonishing 17-19 next season.

    Book it.

  71. eklypse69 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:14 PM

    hooknosemike says:
    Aug 22, 2011 5:50 PM

    “The Steelers have “zero tolerance” for tatoos.”
    ************************************************

    However, being a serial rapist or a dirty player that only plays the game to end people’s careers and severely injure players – well, that’s just par for the course in Pittsburgh.

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