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Raiders select Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor

The Raiders used a third-round pick today in the NFL’s supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  The Raiders announced that they used the 18th selection of the round for Pryor.  Oakland forfeits its third-round selection in the 2012 draft.  No other players were chosen.

Pryor will not be eligible to practice with or play for Oakland during the regular season until the team’s sixth game. Last week, when he was allowed to enter today’s draft, he was given a five-game suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell – the same number of games he would have sat out had he returned to the Buckeyes.   Pryor has said he will not appeal the suspension.  Terrelle gave up his last season with Ohio State after an embarrassing investigation into the teams memorabilia-for-cash scandal that basically forced ex-coach Jim Tressel out of his job with the Buckeyes.

His selection by the Raiders is not surprising. Oakland often makes bold moves in the draft because owner Al Davis covets size and speed. Pryor ran a 4.36 in the 40 during his workout for 17 NFL teams Saturday. At 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds, Pryor is very mobile.   As a junior, hehad his best season statistically, throwing for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also ran for 754 yards and four scores while helping the Buckeyes win the Sugar Bowl.  No real comment has been made about his immediate role with the team, but it is possible that Pryor will battle for a back-up job with newly acquired Kyle Boller and Trent Edwards.

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