The football world didn’t need Jerry McDonald to start the speculation of Oakland’s interest in Terrelle Pryor. It’s just that ever since he first mused about it there hasn’t been a week that’s gone by without more minds weighing in on the prospects of the Raiders taking the Pryor plunge.
NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora is the latest to toss in his two cents. He doesn’t do much more than skim the surface on the stereotypical reason why the Raiders would covet Pryor.
I know Pryor wants to be a QB, but the Raiders also could use receivers and some scouts see a future for this kid more as someone catching passes rather than throwing them. He’s already got a bit of a reputation and is leaving Columbus under a cloud — the Raiders have been collecting guys like that for as long as we can remember.
While I don’t agree with the notion of Oakland going after Pryor at least McDonald put together an argument compelling enough beyond the same tired reasons we hear when any player with ‘character issues’ becomes available.
To be fair LaCanfora also mentions the fact that Jason Campbell is on the last year of his deal. That doesn’t mask the fact that he went to the ‘Al Davis loves knuckleheads’ card.
There is a definite reason why the stigma exists. However in this case it hardly applies. To begin, Pryor made some bad decisions at Ohio State but nothing that says he’s trying to keep up with the Pacman Jonses of the football world. Secondly, Mr. Davis has taken a much different approach in recent years. He might be stubborn but Al Davis is no Mike Brown.
But before getting too carried away it is important to keep in mind that we’re talking about a supplementary draft that as of now does not exist. No telling how any NFL team will value Pryor. It seems highly unlikely any team will make a move until the third round or later. But if Mr. Davis is truly interested then you never know. The one thing we do know is that no matter what LaCanfora thinks Al’s interest in Pryor will definitely be affected if he thinks TP has ‘character issues’.