Aug. 22, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Chronicle Live is at Raiders training camp in Napa, where the topics will include Saturday night's violence at Candlestick Park, the drafting of Terrelle Pryor, Jason Campbell's condition and more. Tune in at 5, 9 and 11 p.m.
Predictably, the Raiders selected former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft Monday.Pryor, who would have been suspended the first five games of the Buckeyes' season had he returned to college for his role in a cash-and-tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal, will instead sit out the first five weeks of the Raiders' campaign for "decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft."He cannot practice or attend meetings during his suspension but can come to the final days of training camp, and according to NFL.com, Pryor will be on a plane to the Bay Area from his Pittsburgh-area home this afternoon. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he anticipates signing a contract by the end of the day.RELATED: Pryor by the numbers
"I'll be there, and I'll be ready," Pryor told Raiders coach Hue Jackson in a phone conversation, according to NFL.com. "I can't wait."
According to Mac's Football Blog, Pryor should receive 586,000 to sign, with a rookie contract worth at least 2.62 million, based on the 2011 rookie pool and contracts for previous supplemental picks.The Raiders have made no announcements, other than confirming the pick came with the No. 18 selection of the third round. Oakland is scheduled to practice at 3:30 p.m. in Napa and Jackson speaks to the media after practice.Pryor was initially ruled ineligible by the NFL to take part in the supplemental draft before being green-lighted on Thursday. He held his personal Pro Day on Friday and 17 teams scouted him, including the 49ers, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Patriots, Saints and Steelers.Obviously, the Raiders were struck by his athleticism and infatuated with his measurables -- he stood just under 6-foot-5 and weighed just over 232 pounds and was clocked as fast as 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash, on artificial turf.Still, there have been perhaps just as many questions about Pryor's character as to which position he'd play as a pro as he readied for the draft."I would like the opportunity to play quarterback," Pryor told reporters after his workout, "but I'll do anything that a team needs me to do to win."The Raiders have an established starter in Jason Campbell, but the 29-year-old is in the final year of his contract and he was just knocked out of the 49ers exhibition game after taking a knee to the helmet and experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Oakland also has two former starters backing up Campbell with Kyle Boller, 30, and Trent Edwards, 27.But Jackson has long made it known he would like a developmental quarterback as well.Pryor, 22, fits that bill, even as he was 8-1 as a freshman, won the Rose Bowl as a sophomore and threw for 2,722 yards with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while running for 754 yards and four TD's as a junior and winning the Sugar Bowl.Many scouts see Pryor as a wide receiver, and the Raiders have a history with converting an ultra-athletic QB with accuracy issues into a serviceable pass catcher. Or have you forgotten Ronald Curry?Pryor has a familiar face already in Napa in rookie cornerback and Ohio State product Chimdi Chekwa."Congrats to the homie T.P.," Chekwa Tweeted. "Welcome to the Bay homie. Lets do work!!"Many of Pryor's critics, though, see him as the second coming of JaMarcus Russell.In surrendering their third-round pick in next April's draft for Pryor, the Raiders were already without selections in the second and fourth rounds.Oakland traded its second-round pick in 2012, as well as its seventh-rounder in 2011, to New England in exchange for the Patriots' third- and fourth-round picks in 2011, selections that resulted in offensive lineman Joe Barksdale and running back Taiwan Jones. The fourth-round pick in 2012 was dealt to Washington in 2010 as part of the Campbell deal.The Raiders, though, figure to receive handsome compensatory picks in the 2012 draft -- perhaps as high as a third-rounder -- after losing free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery this offseason, even after signing Kevin Boss.