Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor is going to get his shot to play in the NFL.
But it won’t be in Buffalo.
The talented but troubled Pryor was taken in the third round of Monday’s NFL Supplemental Draft by the Oakland Raiders. As a result, the Raiders will forfeit their third-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Pryor - who despite his NCAA compliance trouble had a very successful career on the field as a Buckeye - apparently looked sharp at his Pro Day last week, an event to which 19 teams (including Buffalo) sent a representative. So it’s certainly not surprising that a team took a shot on him. It’s even less surprising that team was the Raiders, who have never been able to resist a large man with 4.4 40-yard dash speed.
There had some quite a bit of conjecture Buffalo was interested in Pryor, but frankly I think the interest died once the Bills picked up QB/WR/?? Brad Smith from the Jets in free agency. The Bills really don’t need another Alpha-back on their roster.
None of the other five eligible players - former Georgia running back Caleb King, former Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson, former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, former Lindenwood University defensive end Keenan Mace, and former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo – were selected Monday. Those players now are eligible to sign with any NFL team.