The Oakland Raiders once used a 3rd round supplemental draft pick on Terrelle Pryor in the hopes that he would be their version of Colin Kaepernick. Fast forward a few years and Kaepernick is in a QB competition to try and regain his starting spot in San Francisco after his star crashed while Pryor is converting from QB to WR for the Cleveland Browns. My how things change so quickly!
Perhaps we shouldn't say that Terrelle Pryor is converting to wide receiver anymore though, because according to his coach Hue Jackson that conversion is officially complete. In what surely would be no surprise to Al Davis (Pryor was Al's final draft pick), Pryor is getting rave reviews for his progress in Cleveland and his superb athleticism and intelligence has given him the opportunity to test his hands at a new position.
"He's made the transition from quarterback to receiver," Hue Jackson said of Pryor after their first padded practice. "But I think he's done an outstanding job and now we've moved him from one side as a receiver to the other and he's in another transition as a receiver. I'm very proud of what he's done, but we've had just three practices and we all have to continue to grow."
There are quite a few members of Raider Nation that were calling for Oakland to make a similar move with their polarizing QB with tantalizing athletic abilities. Unfortunately that just wasn't in the cards for the Raiders, they needed to move on and Pryor still believed he could make it as a quarterback in the NFL. After failing to land a job at QB with the Seahawks, Chiefs and Bengals it was finally time for Pryor to give WR a chance.
Hopefully this isn't just hype again for Terrelle Pryor, because many of us Raiders fans would still love to see him succeed in the NFL even if it was for another team. Pryor had a lot of ups and downs in Oakland but he was always up beat about things and never burned any bridges from his time in the Silver and Black.
It would be a truly inspirational story if the player who left Ohio State in scandal and failed at QB in the NFL was able to resurrect his career playing receiver. He has the size and speed combination that left us all salivating for several years at his perceived potential, and he has shown excellent character throughout his professional career as a person.
Pryor has worked incredibly hard throughout his career to prove himself time and time again. He might be a member of the Browns now but I am definitely still rooting for him anyway. The cards have been stacked against him all along and he has never been able to meet the hype that his athleticism brings, but it sounds like he is finally on the right track in Cleveland with Hue Jackson.
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