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NFL Lines – Oakland Raiders Steal Terrelle Pryor

Posted by Marcello Messina on 8/30/2011 10:56:59 AM

The Oakland Raiders selected Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft.

2010-11 NFL Season
Oakland Raiders vs. NFL: 8-8
Oakland Raiders vs. AFC West: 6-0

NFL Lines – To Win AFC West
San Diego Chargers -200
Kansas City Chiefs 350
Oakland Raiders 475
Denver Broncos 900

The Oakland Raiders found that they could not allow Terrell Pryor to fall further than the 3rd round, and thus used a 3rd round 2012 pick to select Pryor during the NFL’s supplemental draft. On Friday, August 26, the Raiders signed him to a four-year deal worth $2.36 million guaranteed, with $591,000 in incentive bonus.

Pryor will immediately be able to practice with the team – although due to a suspension, he will be ineligible for the first five games this upcoming NFL lines season. Before becoming eligible for last Monday`s supplemental draft, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued the 6’6” quarterback a five-game suspension, which equated the sentence he would have served had he returned to his college Ohio State. The suspension was a consequence of Pryor’s implication in a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that caused Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel his job.

The 6’6”, 240-lbs Pryor will be expected to battle starting quarterback Jason Campbell for the lead role in Oakland. Though Campbell does have a competitive edge (by having 5 years of NFL experience), Pryor will certainly give him a run for his money, thanks to his blazing speed and a gargantuan size. Pryor recorded a 4.4-second score on the 40-yard dash, and has ample strength on his 6’6” frame.

Terrelle Pryor is coming off of the best season of his career, throwing for 2,772 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, the question remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old signal-caller can excel at the professional level.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis loves players with the rare combination of excess speed and size. He has shown this by drafting Darius Heyward-Bey in 2009, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke in 2010, and Taiwan Jones this year (even though there were widespread reservations about the overall ability of these players).

In making these moves, there is no doubt that Al Davis has run risks for his team. The Oakland Raiders are now without picks in the second, third, and fourth rounds of next year’s NFL lines Draft. It remains to be seen whether the Raiders’ strategy of sacrificing proven ability for the allure of great size and speed will indeed prove to be successful.

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