Giving up a draft pick for Terrelle Pryor would be as bad an idea as Tom Cable endorsing jawbreakers. Some things are just better off left untouched.
No matter how amazing Pryor looks in his pro day workout Al Davis would be better served sitting out the Pryor sweepstakes. This has been the official JBB stance from day one and I’ve only dug in deeper since.
Pryor provides nothing that will help the Raiders this season or next. He’s a project that will only delay the process of building a bully. Hue Jackson doesn’t need to worry about bringing along an immature quarterback. That job belonged to Cable and it didn’t end well for him or JaMarcus Russell.
Now I’m not comparing Pryor to the Prince of the Purple Stuff. The two are similar only in that Danny DeVito/Arnold Schwarzenegger kind of way. Whereas Pryor has the work ethic Russell never had any clue of he’s still an NFL project.
In case you haven’t noticed the Raiders are already hamstrung (pun very much intended) with injuries. So what sense does it make to waste a roster spot on a player that can’t even practice for five weeks and won’t even play until some time in 2012?
Those who argue that Pryor’s better suited as a wide receiver are still missing the point. No matter what position he plays Pryor is still going to need a lot of time to learn the NFL way. Over the years there have been plenty of QBs that have made the change to wide receiver in the NFL. However only a select few have actually been difference makers worthy of an NFL check.
The Raiders know this all too well. Does the name Ronald Curry ring a bell?
At one point Curry showed plenty of promise. But that promise fizzled faster than a pop rock tossed into the Pacific Ocean. All in all the Raiders got more than you could ever hope for out of a 7th round pick. Which brings us back to why taking Pryor in the supplemental draft is such a bad idea.
Pryor’s value is estimated to be somewhere between the 3rd and 5th round. That is a price far too expensive for a player that will contribute next to nothing this season and is a question mark going forward.
No disrespect to Pryor. I’m sure he’ll be a great fit somewhere. At this point in time there is just no point in Oakland pursuing another project. If this team is really serious about taking the next step then taking Pryor would be a step back.