Terrelle Pryor is a Raider after being selected with the 18th pick of the third round in the 2011 Supplemental Draft by Oakland on Monday. The destination is more than fitting for the troubled former Ohio State quarterback. Few are more easily enticed by pure, raw athletic talent than owner Al Davis and Oakland.
Pryor left Ohio State while the program was still under NCAA Investigation for improper benefits handed out in the form of tattoos in exchange for memorabilia. Pryor was to be suspended for the Buckeyes' first five games of the regular season. As pressure from the investigation and from media mounted, Pryor decided to officially turn professional. Commissioner Roger Goodell agreed to let the Pryor play, but on the condition that he commute his sentence. Pryor will not be allowed to practice for first five weeks of the NFL season.
How exactly Pryor projects in the NFL is anyone's guess. No doubt he will need a lot of seasoning before seeing the field. A position switch would not be out of the question some point down the line.
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