Pryor is now a Raider! Al Davis strikes again

Posted: August 23, 2011 in COLLEGE FOOTBALL

As usual, if a player can run a 4.3 40 which Terrel Pryor ran last saturday, then Al Davis will come calling.  Al Davis made such speedy picks like drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey, Demarcus Van Dyke, and even the Rocket Ismail.  Basically if you run a 4.2-4.3 forty you have a job with the Raiders.  As a fast, straight-line speed QB Terrel Pryor fits the Al Davis mold, he just doesn’t fit the mold of an NFL QB.  Pryor has struggled every year as the starting QB with the Buckeyes.  He was anointed the savior of the Ohio State University only to fall short against the big-boy schools that were ranked in the top 5. USC twice, Texas, and even Penn St stopped Pryor from ever taking the Buckeyes to the national title game. Pryor is an athlete, ranked in the top 50 in basketball as a senior and the number ranked player coming out of high school in football. He just never lived up to the huge expectations that were placed on him early in his career.  Now he was drafted as a QB in the supplemental draft, but he struggles with throwing motion, cannot read zones, and is quick to take off in the pocket instead of looking for the open man.  Pryor would best be used as a TE as his shuttle time, 4.3, and his three-cone drill, 7.2, were pretty awful, for a WR or QB.  His 7.2 shuttle time would have been good for a TE, but he needs to add a lot of weight to play TE in the NFL, which is possible.  At 6-5 236lbs he could add another 15lbs and still maintain some of his straight line speed.  But as far as QB goes……if he could not grasp the position in college, what makes some scouts think that he will grasp it in the NFL?  Good luck Terrel, I’ll see you playing in Canada with Tim Teabow in a couple of years.



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