Top 10 College QBs Who Switched Positions
The Oakland Raiders selected Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft Monday. After his troubled - yet at times brilliant - college career, Pryor will be grateful that the Raiders are giving him a shot as a pro ... no matter where they want to play him.
"I would like the opportunity to play quarterback," Pryor said, "but I'll do anything that the team needs me to do to win."
Given Al Davis' obsession with speed, it's not too far-fetched to believe that the Raiders owner was mesmerized by Pryor's 40-yard dash time of 4.38. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound athletic phenom may just make a great NFL wide receiver or tight end. It's not without precedent.
Two recent Nebraska quarterbacks, 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch and Scott Frost, changed positions when they entered the NFL. As did two Kent State quarterbacks, Josh Cribbs and Julian Edelman, with more success. In fact, the NFL has been converting college quarterbacks into other positions since the '70s, when teams were still reluctant to entrust African-Americans to take snaps under center.
These conversions have met with varying degrees of success, and these are the Top 10 College QBs Who Switched Positions. (For this list we did not include those who played QB only part-time in college, i.e. Drew Bennett, Hines Ward, Patrick Crayton.)