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A perfect fit?
August 22, 2011 - Seth Staskey
Doesn't it just seem right that Terrelle Pryor was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft? The Raiders are an organization that have teetered on disaster the last several years. Actually, they've done more than teeter. The Raiders haven't been relevant since they lost to the Patriots in the AFC Title Game with the infamous tuck rule. They've tried several quarterbacks, who've been anything but stellar in the likes of JaMarcus Russell, drafted a player from Ohio University in the second round that Mel Kiper had never even heard of and run through coaches like people change underwear. Pryor, meanwhile, was on his way to Ohio State lore. He was about to break record after record as a quarterback and then all of the sudden the news of the Tattoo scandal broke and he was suspended for five games. However, he and the four other players were cleared for the 2011 Sugar Bowl and all played a key role in the victory against Arkansas. Things kept spiraling for Pryor, though. His ultimate security blanket -- Jim Tressel -- resigned on Memorial Day and just a few days later he announced he wouldn't cooperate with NCAA investigators as more issues of impropriety came to the forefront and he opted to leave school. Since then, OSU has told him he's banned from their facilities for upwards of five years, he was in legal limbo over whether or not he'd be able to be involved in Monday's draft and then once he was taken he had a five-game suspension to serve. Again, seems like a perfect fit? The biggest difference is upside. The Raiders appear to be headed nowhere. Pryor, however, like it or not, is a freakish athlete. You don't run 4.38 as a bumb. He's going to be an NFL player. I won't go as far as to say quarterback, but he'll be a contributor at the next level. So, maybe he will play a key role in the Raiders' transformation. Nah, he's not that fast.
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