Once upon a time Terrelle Pryor and the Oakland Raiders would have been on a collision course. Whether it was Al Davis reaching for him in the draft or opening the checkbook in free agency, Pryor would have been a Raider.
And why not?
Put all the drama aside and you’ll see Pryor is an intriguing prospect with plenty of upside. As the man that authored the Pryor to Oakland fantasy I’ll refer you to Jerry McDonald if you need to know all the reasons why he’s such a phenomenal talent.
Despite all of his talent Pryor just isn’t a good fit for the current Raiders. Davis is out of the knucklehead market. He said so himself that he’s unwilling to put up the good fight for players unwilling to deal with their own demons.
Now granted Pryor is not in the same boat as say the man that used to sport #2 in Silver and Black. In the world of pro football Pryor’s collegiate mishaps are laughable. Put it this way, what Pryor did gets the same reaction a man in the state penitentiary gets when he admits to mail fraud being his crime.
That being said Pryor is still very much a project. Depending on what position he ends up playing at the next level will drastically affect his value. If the Raiders fancy Pryor as a QB then I’m afraid it is a lost cause. Let’s be honest, of all the things Mr. Davis has accomplished in this great game one thing he’s never done is draft and develop a quarterback.
Now if Pryor is willing to get dirty and play some tight end or H-Back then he becomes a much different prospect. Problem is there is no way he willingly switches positions. With enough QB jobs available there is a 100% chance some team will give Pryor the opportunity to call signals.
While he is a project, Pryor has shown remarkable improvement in each of his three seasons at Ohio State. He appears to be very coachable and is willing to put in the work. All great but he’s still a project.
At this point in time the Raiders don’t have time to wait on another QB to come along. The window for this franchise to get back into the playoffs and make noise is now. Jason Campbell isn’t the long-term solution but he’s an infinitely better option than hanging the franchise hopes on another wildcard.
Obviously Pryor wouldn’t play right away but at some point there has to be that breaking in period when the team’s success has to take a backseat to the team’s future. For now Davis should stick to what he’s done best – finding reclamation projects to mold into Super Bowl champions. Anything else would be a setback to the rediscovered football feelings in Oakland.