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Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 2:08 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a tough few weeks for Ohio State football. Head coach Jim Tressel resigned amid allegations of wrongdoing, and shortly thereafter quarterback Terrelle Pryor left school, presumably to avoid further NCAA sanctions.

It wasn't long after Tressel's departure that we started hearing he could coach again, maybe even in the NFL. Pryor, on the other hand, doesn't appear to have many professional options. At least ones that include making a living playing football.

It's unclear what Pryor's next move will be, but the NFL's supplemental draft is one possibility. The allure of millions is tempting, but here's to hoping someone in Pryor's camp is living in reality. Because if the early reports are any indication, Pryor's not considered much of a quarterback prospect, and at least one NFL front-office type had doubts about Pryor's character.

“We spent a lot of time this year going through Cam Newton (notes) and Ryan Mallett’s (notes) personality,” an NFC general manager told's Jason Cole. “I haven’t done all my homework on Pryor yet, but my initial impression is that if you line all three of them up and just talked about trust and reliability, Pryor is dead last. Like not-even-out-of-the-starting-gate last. And it’s probably only going to get worse.”.

Doesn't leave much room for interpretation. Ryan Mallet was once considered a first-round talent but the dreaded "off-the-field concerns" saw him plummet to Round 3 before Bill Belichick and the Patriots took a flyer on him.

An NFL coach echoed many of the same worries. “The more you read about this guy with the cars and the tattoos and money and all that other stuff … Look, we all know how the college game works and what those [coaches] have to deal with, but this kid sounds like he didn’t give a damn about anybody. He was just there for himself. He didn’t even try to hide it. He flaunted it. If you’re like that, it’s hard to be a quarterback.”

There are a lot of places on an NFL team that you can hide character flaws and personality defects. Terrell Owens has made a handsome living despite his notoriously divisive locker room presence. Antonio Cromartie has at least nine kids by eight women, and isn't much on tackling, but he played without incident for the Jets last year.

Teams don't have such luxuries at quarterback. It's the one position you can ill-afford to have a mental case -- or worse: a flake. And we haven't even gotten into Pryor's physical shortcomings as a quarterback. “I’ve viewed him as a wide receiver prospect more than a quarterback prospect,” ESPN's Todd McShay said on a conference call. “I think he’s so far off in terms of decision-making, being comfortable in the pocket, being able to go through the progression reads, with his mechanics and consistent accuracy from where you need to be as a quarterback." McShay's colleague Mel Kiper thinks Pryor's path to the NFL is as a tight end.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow faced similar questions about his ability when he was at Florida. The difference: his character was unimpeachable and his leadership skills were indisputable.

Still, Pryor has alternatives to the supplemental draft, which is currently on hold because of the labor situation. As's Josh Katzowitz wrote Tuesday, Pryor could transfer to another FBS school and have to sit out a year, transfer to an FCS (or lower) school and play immediately, or hone his talents in the CFL or UFL.

But unless Pryor undergoes a complete transformation -- both between the ears and in terms of physical talents -- his NFL future looks decidedly dim.

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Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

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Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:19 am

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Buckeye's Blackeye's. There are arrogant players and alumni from all schools, not just Ohio State. But with success comes this mentality.
It is unfortunate that the NCAA does not have the ability to police all schools. But players like Pryor make me happy to see his school get burned. UNC also. These schools come across as having a sense of entitlement that wreaks of a cesspool. I hope there programs suffer miserably

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:24 am

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

I love how it went from "Everyones just trying to bash us, and ruin Ohio States good name because they are jealous of our sucess"  When all this first started coming out.

To "I don't care about any of the rules we violated at least we won on the field!!!" now.

Way to stay classy guys.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 2:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Lol at you guys who think they won on the field and thats all that matters.  They didn't win they cheated. Those wins won't count because the cheated. Lance Amrstrong won how many times? Oh what a great wait he cheated.  They cheated for a long time..they got caught and the results of those games are disgraces, not bragging points.  

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:06 am

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.................blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. thats all i see from you buckeye fans.

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 11:38 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

All the OSU fans talking about how all that mattered was beating Michigan, I have to hand it to you. On the field you destroyed UM not just the last few years but since Tressel was hired. Problem is that he is now gone due in large part to Pryor. The NCAA is about to bring an ass whooping of biblical proportions your way and the recruits and prospects that Tressel brought in will start showing up in maize and blue when the dust settles and the scholarships are no longer available nor is the post-season bowl game. Hang on to the past Bucks because the future does not look bright at all. I really enjoyed the era before Tressel because both UM and OSU were nationally relevant. When Carr left so did Michigan's relevance on the national scene. OSU will be lucky to only fall as far as Michigan under Rich Rod. Hopefully Hoke can bring them back to power so that at least one of the true big ten schools remains a force.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 11:15 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

i don't care what pryor did because on the field that's all it matters to me.  they still beat the crap out of michigan and they beat arkansas and oregon in the bowl games.  if they want to take them away that's fine.  still won on the field.  if they want to take away the 2002 title cause of clarett then that's fine to.  go ahead and give it to the losing team.  bucks still won in my book. 

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 11:11 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

i'm glad michigan got rich rod to and i'm glad the bucks got pryor.  i don't care what he did wrong, all it matters is what happened on the field.  beating michigan badly.  GREAT.  

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