NFL News: Well, he did it again. Raiders owner and walking zombie Al Davis proved that he doesn't listen to his detractors by drafting OSU's Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft.
Al's Detractors might say this would be a stupid thing to do. But does he listen? No. Al's detractors might say that he doesn't need another oversized QB who can't actually "throw" the ball (usually a minor bit of importance for a professional quarterback). But does Al listen to all these so-called "experts"? Oh dear lord no.
And why would he do that? With his football acumen, Mr. Davis has assembled a team that has averaged 5.5 wins over the last seven seasons. Who needs experts when you can pull those rabbits out of your hat.
Terrelle Pryor is a giant work in progress. His accuracy has been described as "horrendous" and yet Big Al gave up a third round pick for him. Here's a couple players who've gone in the third round of the NFL draft the past few years: Mike Wallace (Steelers), Jamaal Charles (Chiefs), Jermichael Finley (Packers), Mario Manningham (Giants), Franks Gore (49ers), Justin Tuck (Giants)...the list of value propositions goes on.
You'd think someone who drafted Jamarcus Russell would've learned. Draft you once, shame on you. Draft you twice, well, shame on you again.
Russell was a bigger version of Pryor. And he turned out to be one of the biggest draft busts in history. Jason Campbell is finally starting to come around, so why sabotage his confidence and overpay for Pryor. Do you think Davis will let a third round QB with a big name sit on his bench for long?
The Raiders don't have a great history of picking up good QBs in recent years, and this is just another example of why they will never return to glory and be th powerhouse they were int he 70s while Al Davis is still at the helm. He's like a cat that chases the bouncing feather, only to chase the next bouncing feather that comes along.
But the worst part is that he doesn't learn from his mistakes. In the early 2000s, people thought the quarterback position was changing. As players got faster and stronger, the quarterback position of the future was going to be manned by an Army of players who were a superhuman combination of Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger. Well, it's 2011 and there's still only one Michael Vick, and still only one Ben Roethlisberger. And each of them still manage to miss time each season for some reason or another.
The truth is, the quarterback positon hasn't really changed for 90% of the teams. Guys like Big Ben Roethlisberger and Vick are anomalies. The positon is still manned by the classic pocket passers like Brady, Manning, Brees and Rivers.
Could it be that Al Davis' brain stopped working in the early 2000s? Yes, after looking at his decisions of the past ten years, I think that could be a real possibility.
The best part about all of this is that Davis probably thinks he got a steal. It's no wonder Bay area sports fans are all acting insane.