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No consensus on what kind of pro Terrelle Pryor would be


With Terrelle Pryor now done at Ohio State and just hoping there’s a place for him in the NFL in 2011, no one is quite sure what to make of Pryor’s pro prospects.

For starters, although Pryor is seen as likely to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, we don’t even know for sure if there will be a supplemental draft for him to enter. And if there is a supplemental draft and Pryor does enter it, we don’t know if any teams will view Pryor as worth spending a 2012 draft pick to acquire.

Greg Cosell of NFL Films noted that although Pryor has great size and athleticism, that really doesn’t say much about what kind of professional quarterback he would be. And at the moment, teams haven’t spent enough time studying Pryor as a passer to have formed an opinion of whether he’d be a successful quarterback in the NFL.

For a quarterback with doubts about his passing ability, the Senior Bowl and the Combine are two opportunities to put those doubts to rest. Pryor won’t get those opportunities, and as Mel Kiper noted on ESPN, that means those doubts about his passing ability will remain at the time of the supplemental draft (again, if there is one).

“The pure passing skills that you need aren’t there yet,” Kiper said. “Will they be down the road with some tutelage from a quarterback coach in the NFL? Maybe.”

Kiper said he thinks some team will spend a 2012 pick on Pryor to acquire him in the supplemental draft, but it’s tough to guess how high a pick.

“You’re thinking at best third or fourth round,” Kiper said. “Then you talk to some people who say sixth or seventh round.”

Pryor is 6-foot-6 and 233 pounds and good enough with the ball in his hands that he had four 100-yard rushing games last season, and so there’s also been talk that he could play wide receiver or tight end in the NFL. But some reports have said Pryor believes he’s a quarterback, period.

In which case he might need to think about the UFL or the CFL.

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32 Responses to “No consensus on what kind of pro Terrelle Pryor would be”
  1. bbrown2523 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:05 AM

    If he doesn’t make it in football, he could always try out for D-League team. He was a top basketball recruit coming out of high school. You know some team would love to have the press if they signed Pryor.

  2. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jun 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    He’ll have the same choice as Eric Crouch; change positions or play QB somewhere else.

  3. krow101 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:07 AM

    I’m guessing he’d be a very ungrateful one.

  4. scoops1 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    a corupt one

  5. zoxitic says: Jun 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    Carolina seems to be stocking up on longshot QBs. They’ll take you.

  6. TheRealist says: Jun 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    His football career is done.

  7. dprouse says: Jun 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    For anyone who thinks that CFL teams would be dying to sign Pryor, think again. Just as in the NFL, rookie CFL QBs have their struggles early. This is especially true up north, where rookie QBs have to get used to the wider field, unlimited motion, etc. There isn’t one team who would be willing to start him right away, even with the benefit of a full camp. (CFL camps started a week ago.)

  8. b7p19 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    I would probably bid up to the 4th round for him. He clearly has the talent to be a good player in this league. If I’m the GM of a good team with an established QB that would be able to wait 3 years before playing him, I would say a 4th is a pretty good deal.

  9. hobartbaker says: Jun 8, 2011 11:26 AM

    Pryor’s passing stats were about the same as the large Newt last season, he is a better athlete and has less of a history as a scam artist. What is the difference between the two?

  10. bengalsown says: Jun 8, 2011 11:27 AM

    I’d throw a fourth round pick down to see what he could do.

  11. comeonnowguys says: Jun 8, 2011 11:28 AM

    Ladies and gentlemen, your starting quarterback for THE Cleveland Gladiators.

  12. pacificamjr says: Jun 8, 2011 11:30 AM

    excellent wildcat prospect

  13. armchairgm9 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:34 AM

    PFT will probably delete this, but there’s a GREAT scouting report on Pryor on National Football Post where even Pryor’s old teammates bash him, call him immature, and talks about how he has a “me first” mentality and sense of entitlement.

  14. jw731 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:38 AM

    If tom benson needs a car saleman, he will draft him

  15. tcostant says: Jun 8, 2011 11:39 AM

    He seems like Marcus Vick to me, in a lot of ways. On and off the field.

  16. winkeroni says: Jun 8, 2011 11:42 AM

    Having watched him play on tv I was more impressed with what he could do in the open field and at receiver than qb. With what Kiper has shared I’m starting to for a higher opinion of my opinion.

  17. sguy2130 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:45 AM

    Move him to TE, then he’ll be a pro, QB…not so much.

  18. shaggytoodle says: Jun 8, 2011 12:07 PM

    No consensus on what kind of pro Terrelle Pryor would be

    My guess is he will be about as good as the last handful of QBs that came out of Ohio State.

  19. sonvar says: Jun 8, 2011 12:19 PM

    If there isn’t a supplemental draft couldn’t he potentially just be an undrafted free agent that is able to sign with any team?

  20. whatswiththehate says: Jun 8, 2011 12:36 PM

    “Greg Cosell of NFL Films noted that although Pryor has great size and athleticism, that really doesn’t say much about what kind of professional quarterback he would be.”

    I’m glad to see our sports media is so generic and small-mind that Greg Cosell’s quote could have easily applied to Cam Newton…Oh wait a minute it was…NEVERMIND.

    Thank God for Cam Newton that our supposedly unbiased sports media only pushed a lot of unnecessary speculative fears about how well he would be as a QB and not try to raise the issue of him playing another position like they did with Tyrod Taylor and now it seems Pryor.
    hobartbaker says:Jun 8, 2011 11:26 AM

    “Pryor’s passing stats were about the same as the large Newt last season, he is a better athlete and has less of a history as a scam artist. What is the difference between the two?”

    One is intentionally being punished by our sports media to help the image of a beloved coach and the other was intentionally maligned to hurt the image of a school. But your inability to see the difference isn’t new.

  21. mistrezzrachael says: Jun 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    His mechanics are horrible. Yes, a good athlete, but the league full of those.

    Easily 50 college QB’s w/better throwing ability, and smarter too.

  22. sportsmediacritic says: Jun 8, 2011 12:44 PM

    I’m confused. Pryor is leaps and bounds better than Jake Locker, another “running QB”.. He’s a heck of a lot more accurate than Jake Locker, but Locker is a top 10 pick and Pryor needs to change positions? How is Locker, a former wing-t QB in H.S. who could barely hit a barn if it was in front of him, get such a bump up?

    I’ve always told people that if Jake Locker’s name was Jamaal Simmons, he had cornrows, and hailed from Compton, CA (and he’s black), he might not have been drafted. Athletic white QBs are first rounders, but athletic black QBs need to change positions. That is how it is in the NFL. It is so obvious, but everyone is afraid to admit it.

  23. 2mannings1cup says: Jun 8, 2011 1:09 PM

    The NFL should send a message to these self-entitles athletes, and not touch him. Let him deal with the problems HE is responsible for at Ohio State.
    As a fan, do you really want a guy willing to burn his program to the ground run your team? Says a lot about his character…he causes raukus and just withdraws himself from the school

  24. vegas691 says: Jun 8, 2011 1:15 PM

    He needs to transfer to an NAIA school.

  25. ihateannouncers says: Jun 8, 2011 1:24 PM

    He will be a good deal at a 6th or 7th round pick, unless he can’t get out of the way of his own arrogance / attitude. His agent will have his hands full.

  26. iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin says: Jun 8, 2011 1:31 PM

    My prognostication is that TP will be about as good a pro qb as cheap toilet paper is for cleaning hind parts.

  27. nflhof says: Jun 8, 2011 1:40 PM

    Karma is a bitch aint it? Pryor will be a complete NFL failure if he even gets a chance to QB. His 15 minutes is up and done.

  28. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 8, 2011 2:04 PM

    Sportsmediacritic –

    Do you mean how they made

    Vince young
    Mike vick
    Randall cunningham
    Can newton
    Dennis dixon

    Change positions.

    Not to mention the white qb’s who have done it…eric crouch, matt jones, the talk surrounding tebow last year.

    And switching isn’t always bad…worked for randle el and hines ward.

  29. killxswitch says: Jun 8, 2011 2:21 PM

    He’s a QB only like Pat White was a QB only. I hope none of the teams I like touch this turd.

  30. jeff061 says: Jun 8, 2011 2:27 PM

    He will be passed up by every single team. Mediocre talent, poor decision maker w/ baggage…we’ve seen this before.

    Off to Canada or the UFL

  31. 2mannings1cup says: Jun 8, 2011 3:51 PM

    Julian Edelman was a QB too. Seems to be working out for the Pats alright.

  32. voyager6 says: Jun 8, 2011 7:26 PM

    I hope the only offer he gets is the last spot on some team’s practice squad. At $25K, he’d have to take a pay cut!

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