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Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's pro day draws plenty of interest

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Whether or not Terrelle Pryor is a sure-fire first-round pick in next week’s supplemental draft or if he’s more of a late-rounds attraction (or somewhere in between), there’s little doubt that he drew plenty of interest during his Pro Day on Saturday.

According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, about half of the league’s teams had scouts in attendance, including the Steelers, Redskins, Saints, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Chargers, Bills, Browns, Bengals, Lions, Colts, Eagles, Raiders, Dolphins, 49ers and the Patriots (the Steelers also filmed the proceedings for teams that couldn’t make it but wanted to see what they had missed).

Pryor's Pro Day
All of them were in for a treat when the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Pryor, in his first timed 40, ran somewhere between a 4.38 and a 4.41 (his second attempt was a bit slower but still in the 4.4 range). Pryor also took a physical, and he was scheduled to take the Wonderlic Test.

Also in attendance was former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who (via FSN Ohio’s Zac Jackson) offered area scouts his phone number in case they wanted to follow up with him about Pryor’s abilities. Later in the day, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made a cameo appearance as well.

According to Breer, Pryor completed 27 of 39 passes to moving targets with four drops. Afterward, Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus said Pryor would not appeal the five-game suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell and that he would be willing to play any position on the field.

So, what does any of this mean? I guess we’ll find out Monday during the draft, but even if Pryor isn’t a legit NFL quarterback (that completion percentage doesn’t look so great against thin air), there’s no doubt that Pryor’s physicality makes him an elite athlete.

Perhaps even an NFL tight end.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Rosenhaus expects Pryor to be a '1st-round pick'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor, who left Ohio State last week amid controversy, held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to briefly talk about the past, as well as his plans for the future. He didn't take questions from the media. The partial transcript is below (via ESPN2):
I apologize for putting [coach Jim Tressel] in a situation, and for taking [Tressel] out of a job and a place that [he] loved to be. I regret the fact that [he isn't] there anymore, I regret the fact that I'm not there anymore.

In terms of Ohio State, I have nine more credits left at The Ohio State University and I'd like to come back and graduate sometime … and finish my degree and graduate as a Buckeye.

In terms of my future, I'm entering the supplemental draft and I'm working hard every single day on the field and off the field to be a better quarterback. Also one of my goals is to be the best person I can possibly be off the field and to be the best role model I could possibly be off the field. Thank you all for coming again, and God bless you all.
Pryor's new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, then spoke about his client:
Terrific. Thank you, Terrelle. Guys, I'd like to talk a little big about this outstanding young man's future in the National Football League. I've been an agent for 25 years now and I am very excited to be working with him. I have met with Terrelle at length and I am very impressed with him.

He is a young man here today expressing tremendous remorse. He is very sad about what has happened to his college career and Ohio State. I can tell you that he is extremely, uh … he is responsible for the mistakes he has made. He's owned up to them. There are no excuses here. No excuses at all.

But the past is now the past and we have to move ahead. There is no point in him looking back except for him to become the best person he can be. And I believe in him.

The reason that I signed him as a player, despite all of the prognostications and whatnot, is that I'm a firm believer after 25 years of experience that Terrelle Pryor will be a great -- not a good quarterback -- a great quarterback in the National Football League. That he's going to be a star. That this experience that he has gone through will galvanize him and make him a better person, a stronger person.
Terrelle Pryor's NFL future

There is no doubt in my mind that he has a great work ethic. He has incredible talent. I can tell you that when I was talking to him about representing him, I spoke with Jim Tressel. And I was very moved by what Jim Tressel had to say to me. I don't know that I've ever heard a coach speak more fondly of a player than Jim Tressel spoke about Terrelle.

He talked about him in the same way you'd talk about a son. They talk everyday, four or five times a day. There's no way I'd be representing him … without Jim Tressel's involvement. We're going to work very closely together, he's going to champion this young man. I was very touched by what he had to say about Terrelle's character, his work ethic, his drive and his makeup.

I'm very confident that this drive, this character, this makeup -- along with his incredible physical ability -- he's one of the most gifted quarterbacks that the NFL has seen. For anybody who questions where he's going to be drafted, I expect him to be a first-round pick in the supplemental draft.

This league needs quarterbacks. Are you kidding me? Middle round for this guy? You talk about Cam Newton being the first pick of the draft and he deserves it? Let me tell you what, I'll make all the comparisons all day long: [Pryor] is 31-4 at Ohio State. He has 8,000 total yards in three years. He holds 59 touchdowns -- a record at Ohio State. This is Big 10 football that he has dominated.

He is going to be a great NFL quarterback. With all the teams that need QBs, you can't tell me that people are not going to jump on this young man. And let me tell you what: everyday I'm going to put him in a position where he's going to meet with teams. He's not going to make any excuses. He's going to tell the teams that he made some mistakes out of maturity, but he has a good heart.

I've represented a lot of players in the NFL. This young man has got character."
Rosenhaus may have high hopes for his client, but the reality right now is that Pryor doesn't appear to be an NFL quarterback.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen, having talked to five general managers around the league, said "The early reviews (about Pryor) are not that positive or glowing as Drew would say. I heard somebody speculate on a supplemental draft pick -- and it is far different than the usual draft -- [that Pryor is] a fourth-rounder. ...

"One thing you hear from GMs is that it's not fair to compare him to Cam Newton -- except in size and athleticism -- because Cam Newton is a much stronger thrower in terms of his ability to drive the football."

If history is any guide, facts won't get in the way of Rosenhaus promoting his client.

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

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

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 Yahoo.com'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 CBSSports.com'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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