Following months of speculation and controversy, former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor was selected by the Raiders with the 18th pick of the third round of Monday's NFL supplemental draft.
Pryor, who left school this summer following a scandal at Ohio State that proved he had committed multiple NCAA violations, initially was declared ineligible for the supplemental draft. Last week, that ruling changed, as the league announced that Pryor would be allowed to enter the league, but only following a five-game suspension.
Oakland has been in the market for a young quarterback this offseason after missing out on some of their targeted prospects in April during the NFL draft. By making this selection, the Raiders will be without their second-, third- and fourth-round picks in 2012. They already were without their second- and fourth-round picks because of previous trades (with the Patriots and Redskins, respectively).
No other players were selected in the draft, conducted electronically from NFL headquarters in New York. The five other eligible players — Georgia RB Caleb King, Northern Illinois S Tracy Wilson, Western Carolina CB Torez Jones, Lindenwood (Mo.) DE Keenan Mace and North Carolina DE Michael McAdoo — are now free agents.
The way we see it
There's no secret the Raiders love fast, athletic playmakers and have no problem taking chances on players with character concerns. That's exactly what Pryor brings to the team, although it might be a couple of years before the team really sees what it has in the 6-5, 232-pound athlete.
At Ohio State, Pryor showed both why he was the No. 1 high school recruit in the country following his senior year of high school and why many teams were skeptical of his NFL potential. Inconsistency is a major concern, though his completion percentage, yards and touchdowns all rose in his final season as a Buckeye. He also is a fantastic runner, which was on display last Saturday at his pro day in Pennsylvania, where he ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.38 seconds.
He is likely going to be an inactive fourth QB for the Raiders much of this season once his suspension is completed.