Earlier this week, former Ohio state quarterback Terrelle Pryor and agent Drew Rosenhaus met the media together, for the first time. That same day, another Rosenhaus client, receiver Chad Ochocinco, gushed via Twitter regarding Pryor’s abilities.
On Friday, Ochocinco joined Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, and Chad elaborated on his views regarding Pryor. “I understand the whole hoopla everybody saying all this, you know, OK, he messed up,” Ochocinco said. “I had the first chance actually yesterday was my second day throwing with Pryor. Dudes’ arm strength [and] timing was unbelievable. I don’t care what ESPN said, I don’t care what the report, I saw with my own eyes. I’ve seen every NFL quarterback play. Dude, it was unbelievable, with the right coaching — listen to what I’m saying — with the right coaching he can become a great NFL quarterback because he has all the tools. He has all the tools that these scouts look for in a quarterback.”
So what of the belief that Ochocinco is merely talking up another “Rosenhaus guy”?
“Dude, what is Rosenhaus?” Ochocinco said. “You know, I don’t sugar coat nothing. I don’t care who my agent is. If you suck I’m gonna tell you, ‘You suck, this is what you need to work on.’ I just said he has great arm strength and timing but with the right coaching he can become a great quarterback.”
In the end, Ochocinco’s opinion doesn’t matter. But to the extent that his words prompt scouts to have a more open mind when scrutinizing Pryor’s abilities as a quarterback, it can’t hurt.