Posted by Ryan Wilson
When asked Monday about whether the Browns might have interested in quarterback Terrelle Pryor, coach Pat Shurmur would only say, "I can't comment on that situation."
Maybe he can't comment, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot will: "The Browns are intrigued enough by former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor to do their due diligence on him for the supplemental draft, a league source told The Plain Dealer."
"Due diligence" is a start, but it's a long way from actually submitting a bid for Pryor in the NFL supplemental draft, much less making him a first-round pick as agent Drew Rosenhaus has previously proclaimed.
The doubts about Pryor as an NFL quarterback have been well documented. Putting aside Rosenhaus' assessment, the consensus among draft experts is that Pryor is no better than a fourth-round selection.
But maybe that's where the Browns envision bidding on him.
(Unlike the regular draft, the supplemental draft is an auction; teams are grouped by record and submit bids based on which round they would take a prospect. Highest bid wins).
As it stands, Cleveland has second-year quarterback Colt McCoy and veterans Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme. McCoy appears to be the favorite to win the job, and Delhomme, who the Browns inexplicably paid $7 million in 2010, could be released (although he shouldn't have trouble finding work).
Cabot writes that if the Browns think Pryor is worth pursuing, they could draft him as the No. 3 QB next season. Cabot also points out that Monday Night Football color analyst Jon Gruden is a protege and close confidant of Browns president Mike Holmgren (Gruden worked on Holmgren's staff in Green Bay in the 1990s), and he's also pretty high on Pryor's talents.
But he's not the only one. Last week, ESPN.com AFC North blogger James Walker made the case for the Browns taking a flyer on Pryor.
"Pryor is projected to be a fourth-round pick in July's supplemental draft by everyone not named Drew Rosenhaus," Walker wrote June 16. "That's a modest cost for someone with Pryor's athletic ability, big-game experience and pedigree. That is especially the case for the Browns, who have nine draft picks next year -- including two first-rounders -- following a cunning trade with the Atlanta Falcons."
Walker also notes that Pryor would have access to two of the league's best QB coaches: Holmgren and Shurmur, who have worked with Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb and Sam Bradford.
And then there's this: After the April draft, Holmgren admitted that his only regret was not taking a quarterback.
"I think, philosophically, I always like to take a quarterback in the draft late," Holmgren said at the time. "But that also had to make sense. This year, based on our roster needs and what we had and what we needed to do, we did the right thing. Now, are we finished adding to the quarterback pile? I don’t think so but maybe we are, but I don’t think so. I think we are going to try and figure out a way to get another guy in here but you do what you have to do when the draft comes up to make good decisions and Pat and Tom did that.”
Channeling Rosenhaus and Pryor: "So you're telling me there's a chance?"
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