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Raiders roll the dice, take Terrelle Pryor in supplemental draft

August 22, 2011 |  1:13 pm

Pryor-post The Oakland Raiders lived up to their longstanding reputation Monday, selecting Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL’s supplemental draft.

The franchise, which is infatuated with speed and freakish athletic ability -- often in the absence of true football skills -- rolled the dice on a 6-foot-5, 232-pound player with raw potential and eye-popping measurables, including 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash.

Oakland used the 18th pick in the round for Pryor, forfeiting their third-round pick in the 2012 draft.

The Raiders are anything but overwhelming at quarterback, where Jason Campbell is the starter and heading into the last year of his contract. Also on the roster are Trent Edwards and Kyle Boller, both onetime starters in other cities.

It could be that the Raiders are more interested in Pryor as a receiver, where they are coping with a slew of recent injuries.


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Photo: Terrelle Pryor throws during a pro workout on Aug. 21, 2011. Credit:  Jered Wickerman / Getty Images