The Seattle Seahawks decision to trade for Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders for a seventh-round pick earlier this offseason was met with some criticism, but it was actually a quality move by the NFL’s savviest front office. That pick carries very little value for the Seahawks, and they needed to add an intriguing quarterback behind franchise guy Russell Wilson. Pryor fits the bill due to his youth, upside, athleticism, and rocket arm. I mean, it’s not like they would have found somebody better in the seventh round of these year’s draft anyway, and there would have been no chance of them snatching him off of waivers with the last claim on the list.
It will be interesting to see how Darrell Bevell and Pete Carroll develop Pryor, who could eventually become a trade piece for the Seahawks if he shows up well enough in August games. While he lacks adequate accuracy and makes poor decisions, his rawness as a player gives him upside if the ‘Hawks are able to develop him successfully.
The Seahawks have already stated that they don’t intend to move Pryor to another position, and it’s painfully clear that the former Ohio State star has no interest in any sort of a Kordell Stewart-esque “slash” move (most quarterbacks don’t, including the likes of Tim Tebow and James Franklin, who are far lesser passers).
He told the Seattle Times’s Jerry Brewer, “I don’t know how to catch. I don’t know how to run the ball as a running back. I’ve been a quarterback my whole life.”
While someone could make the argument that showing positional versatility would make him a more valuable player on the roster, Pryor’s spot is already locked up after the Seahawks went out of their way to acquire him. He’s on the team as a developmental project, and they need him as a backup QB anyway. His primary job is to learn under one of the league’s coaching staffs and generate enough positive buzz for him to be traded to a team where he can start or live comfortably as the backup on the NFL’s best team, because he has no chance of starting in Seattle at any point or any position.