Maybe Pryor Does Make Sense?

Terrelle Pryor racked up over 6000 passing yards. Tossed 57 scores and threw only 26 interceptions. He ran, and ran well – 2164 yards and 17 touchdowns. But the former Ohio State star’s most overlooked stat is this: 3-24 and 2 – 3 receptions, 24 yards and 2 TDs. What’s the big deal right? He’s a quarterback!

Well if you ask Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, teams should be lining up to forfeit their 2012 first round picks to take a “franchise quarterback”. His reasoning? If Cam Newton can do it, so can Terrelle Pryor. Does Drew even watch football? If Pryor is selected in next month’s NFL supplemental draft, it’s likely to be around the 5th- 7th Rd. and not as a QB. He’s often compared to Newton, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers, but the verdict is still out on if Newton was worthy of that pick.

Pryor is going to struggle in the NFL as a quarterback. He has great size at 6’6” and over 200 lbs. He’s mobile, and has deceptive speed. He’s not going to burn you, but his stiff arm is killer. The point? All these characteristics don’t translate into being a great NFL QB. I sincerely doubt Terrelle’s ego will let him even consider a position change in order to be successful in the NFL.

He’s probably too soft to play tight end, and doesn’t really have the skill set to line-up on the outside as a wide receiver. So where does he play? Well there’s no denying Pryor’s athleticism, and NFL offenses are constantly trying to find ways to get the ball in their most athletic players’ hands. Maybe Pryor can line up in the slot? And think of the mismatches he’ll create in the redzone. He easily towers over most NFL corners, and has the vertical to out jump all the rest. Obviously he’ll need a lot of work at whatever position he plays, but his best chance to be successful isn’t as a quarterback.

The Browns are said to be doing their homework on Pryor, and team president Mike Holmgren has stated that he’s still considering bringing in another “project” QB. Cleveland has 12 draft picks in next year’s draft, and if they take a fly on Pryor – it shouldn’t be as a QB.

Teams are likely to start signing the undrafted rookies once the lockout is lifted, and Holmgren can find his project quarterback there. Pat Devlin (Delaware), Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin) and Jerrod Johnson (Texas A&M) all make more sense than Pryor. If the Browns choose to forfeit a draft pick next year on the former Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl MVP, it shouldn’t be as a QB but instead, as an “Athlete”.

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5 Responses to “Maybe Pryor Does Make Sense?”

  1. Dotcommie says:

    Ugh. Drafting Pryor would be a tremendous risk to the organization. His actions off the football field destroyed his team (period). While his yards and TD/INT stats are currently good, the NCAA may take away all or part of those numbers due to his violations. Someone who cares so little for rules will probably drag others around him down as well (e.g.: his OSU team-mates).

    There is zero interest in him, from this perspective. Ability and bad judgment can waste potential faster than anything besides injury.

  2. Cobra says:

    Couldn’t agree more with previous post. This would be yet another disaster for the Browns. Show no interest, please!

  3. Denolakes says:

    I am ambivalent about this. I like Tyrell Pryor, but I don’t really see the need for him . . .

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