Pryor to Raiders

Submitted by ChosenOne on August 22nd, 2011 at 1:41 PM
Per ESPN, Pryor goes to the Raiders in the 3rd round. No surprise Al Davis decided to draft him.

Comments

umjgheitma

August 22nd, 2011 at 1:46 PM ^

Fast at your given position trumps any and all other characteristics. At least he won't be aquiring Jamarcus Russel money when failing to compete week to week. I bet he starts week 6 (first week available to play) and has 0 TDs and 2 INTs before getting pulled

MilkSteak

August 22nd, 2011 at 2:08 PM ^

Yeah I said that, but it wasn't too far of a stretch given their affinity for the best "athletes" regardless on what they'll translate to in the NFL. I'm still surprised they didn't pick Tebow just because he's a freak athlete. 

Mr Mxyzptlk

August 22nd, 2011 at 1:55 PM ^

I'm surprised he went that high.  There were a few interesting things about Pryor today on SportCenter.  The first is that he's friggin fast.  At his pro day this past Saturday he was timed at 4.36 and 4.41 in the 40 yard dash.  And the other thing was that he announced that he is willing to play receiver.  I'm not sure how his hands are, but with that speed and the fact that he's 6' 6" he might become a pretty good receiver in the nfl.

Although knowing the Raiders, he will probably become the next Jamarcus Russell.

Mr Mxyzptlk

August 22nd, 2011 at 3:49 PM ^

Thanks for the snark, ever hear of a guy named Jay Riemersma?  He became a great Michigan tight end after a shoulder injury and was also very successful in the nfl.

I'm not sure what the percentage of players who switched positions after college who succeed in the nfl is.  Off the top of my head, Kordell Stewart and Antwan Randle-El are a couple more that did well.  And I've heard many former players and coaches say they think Tim Tebow and Cam Newton are good enough athletes to succeed at different positions if they don't work out as QB's.

Why not TP too?  He's tall and fast.  He wasn't the best QB in college and I doubt he will be a good nfl qb..  In my non-expert opinion, I think TP would be better off in the long run if he did switch positions to wr or even tight end.

bronxblue

August 22nd, 2011 at 4:51 PM ^

Hines ward was also a college QB who became a near-HOF WR in the pros.  So it does happen.  I honestly thing Pryor will be decent in the pros as an athlete.  Hate to say wildcat offense as well, but  he is faster than the Pat Whites/Brad Smiths of the world and quite a bit bigger.  I don't think he'll ever be a real QB in the NFL, but guys with his physical skillsets don't come by very often, and it makes sense a team took a chance.  Of course, the fact it was the dysfunctional Raiders makes it even better.

oriental andrew

August 22nd, 2011 at 5:16 PM ^

Hines Ward played WR, RB, and QB at UGA.  He was a regular starter at QB his soph season, but was primarily a WR his frosh, jr and sr seasons, with some time spent at tailback his last 2 seasons.  WR was not a new position for Ward when he got to the NFL.

Matt Jones, the QB from Arkansas, on the other hand, would be a much better analogue.  He flamed out after 3-4 seasons.  

Muttley

August 23rd, 2011 at 12:03 AM ^

right down to the arrests and fizzled career that may be in Pryor's future.

Of course, four years is about the median length of an NFL career. Four years with good but not great production wouldn't be a waste of a third round pick, IMO.

Pre-draft

At the NFL Combine, Jones, measured in at 6' 6" tall, weighed 237 pounds and recorded scores during the tests that showed speed and explosive ability that had not been seen before in a player of his size. These scores earned him the nickname "The Freak" from the coaches and athletes in attendance. These scores included being timed between 4.37 and 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 39.5" vertical jump, and a 10' 10" broad jump...

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jones, a college quarterback, was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a wide receiver in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. This was a move that surprised some draft experts
Arrests
On July 10, 2008 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jones was arrested at gunpoint and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance...
On March 9, 2009 in Washington County, Jones was arrested again...

TSWC

August 22nd, 2011 at 2:18 PM ^

I grew up in LA and a Raiders fan. My attachment to the team dropped quickly after Gruden left and Al Davis became even crazier than he already was. This is probably the last straw--my ever more tenuous Raiders attachment is now on life support with very little chance of recovery.

Wolverine 73

August 22nd, 2011 at 2:25 PM ^

has there been a finer pairing of player and team.  Without Russell to laugh at any more, the Raiders really did need to pick up someone new who is guaranteed not to live up to his "measurables,"  I think they have their man!