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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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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:24 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Than the loaner car which Terrelle took to Pennsylvania to show his mother.  Car dealerships do give out loaner cars and Terrelle took advantage of his status.  Was Terrelle given preferential treatment, probably as the car salesman wants to make a sale and doesn't have to worry about theft because the car is being loaned out to Terrelle Pryor staring quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where is he going to hide if he steals the car?  Plus what was the reasoning behind the loaner car, not one so-called professional journalist has bothered to dig deep on this one. 

OK, first of all it's time to admit there was wrongdoing and stop grasping at straws to protect former players and coaches.

Second, the loaner car he took to PA to show his mom was a HUGE deal.  When does anyone get to test drive a car some 700 miles? The answer to that question is easy for 99.999999% of the population.  NO ONE.  That was essentially a long weekend rental for free.  I think it says it all that he brought the car back and said "no thanks."  And you pretty much say it all yourself... he was "given preferential treatment" and he "took advantage of his status."  That's explicitly where rules were KNOWINGLY broken.  Those are the exact reasons given for those rules by the NCAA.

And the extended "test drive" has nothing to do with them being worried about him stealing the car.  It has to do with insurance costs and extra mileage being put on a car that their trying to sell.  And the fact that he paid NOTHING for it.  

I don't really know what the last question means... "what was the reasoning behind the loaner car..."  Um, I thought you already covered that.  It was about him going home for Thanksgiving to show his mom so they could decide whethere or not to buy it.  There's nothing else to dig.  They gave a lame excuse and they'll always stand by it, but anyone with common sense knows it was just a free rental. 

As for his pro prospects... I think the character issues won't help him, but mostly I just don't think he's NFL-ready.  Or really NFL-caliber.   He's not giving up his Senior season (which I agree he needed) to help spare OSU more negative press. Puhlease... he's running away because he probably would not have been allowed back on the field at all.  And even if he did, he'd be sitting out at least 5 games.

One last thing... the Russel/Cassell argument is just stupid.  You can always look at draft order in hindsight and question GMs.  But Cassell didn't even start in college so nobody was considering him ahead of Russel.  Even if you didn't love Jamarcus out of college, he was still light years ahead of Cassell to anyone.  The fact that he is a bust is a different chapter of that story.

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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:21 pm
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Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:15 pm

Like-Not-Even-Out-Of-The-Starting Gate Dead Last

hahaha - PRICELESS!!!   

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:41 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Being a Wolverine I gotta say.....Im glad we got RichRod instead of that clown Pryor...LMAO

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:03 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

On a side note, if you think Michigan's current QB will make it into the NFL you are crazy but he may have a chance to win the Heisman but a slim chance.  One he cant stay healthy (he is a twig) and two Michigan actually has a pro style head coach coming on board.  Be curious to see how all this pans out.  The new head coach could bring Michigan back to being competative but he is a few years away.  Michigan needs a defense.

Absolutely agree with Denard Robinson.  He is going to put up ridiculous college numbers and probably win Big Ten Offensive player of the year 3 times, by the time he is done at U of M.  He will most definitely make it to the NFL though -- just not at QB.  His speed and elusiveness alone will give him a spot as a kick returner.  He just looks faster than everyone on the field.  ZERO CHANCE -- he plays QB though, unless it is in a wildcat formation.

U of M will have a defense sooner than people think.  Hoke bringing on Greg Mattison to be the defensive coordinator has opened the doors to a ton of recruits.  Mattison was the Defensive Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens before coming back to U of M.  Every recruit that has signed has said the same thing -- Having a chance to play for Mattison was too good to pass up.  He knows what needs to be done to get a player ready for the NFL and his defenses in Baltimore have been dominate.

It will take a year or two for him to get his players in, but it won't take 3 or 4 years.

Personally -- I think bringing Mattison on to be the DC was more important than Hoke as the head coach.

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:53 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

This kid will get a chance in the NFL.  If anything, he can be a wildcat QB.  What does a team have to lose?  Nothing!  Many teams draft 7th round "projects" and many of them don't make it unless they play for the Pats.  If he was to go the supplemental route, it's guaranteed a team would take a chance if it only costs them a late round pick the following year.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:43 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

" ..where is he going to hide if he steals the car?"

I'm gonna say the trunk. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Cool

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:29 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

I remember Michigan going after him real hard. I know hindsight is always 20/20, but I sure am glad he didn't choose UM. He is a freak athlete and could you imagine what had happened if he did go there, did all the same things along with the alligations that were brought up to UM with RR in charge. That would have been real scary. I have to agree that I don't think Denard will be in the NFL as a QB, but there has to be a place there for all that speed. GOt to admit it, dude can haul a$$. I think he will get a shot as a Josh Cribbs type contributor, and he is doing alright for himself.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:25 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Let's see a bunch of blog writers and writers that say stuff in print so it must be true?  First of all the common sense argument of Pryor earning $20,000- $40,000 during a month or a year in college as there are different rumors/reports with nothing verified.  Terrelle sold his gold pants, Big Ten Championship ring and some other memorabilia for $2500.  So we have $2500 figured out.  Please figure out where how you come up with the other $17,500-37,500 as the rumor by itself is very general in stating he made $20,000-40,000 that is a huge discrepancy.  Than the loaner car which Terrelle took to Pennsylvania to show his mother.  Car dealerships do give out loaner cars and Terrelle took advantage of his status.  Was Terrelle given preferential treatment, probably as the car salesman wants to make a sale and doesn't have to worry about theft because the car is being loaned out to Terrelle Pryor staring quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where is he going to hide if he steals the car?  Plus what was the reasoning behind the loaner car, not one so-called professional journalist has bothered to dig deep on this one.  If I were a NFL GM I would take chance on Terrelle.  The reasoning:  He is a big physical presence that will translate well to the NFL.  He has a very strong arm which is good for a quarterback.  He is very fast and mobile which can only help him.  He will have no problem outrunning NFL linebackers and even some defensive backs and will most certainly run over defensive backs.  His throwing motion is not ideal but it has improved dramatically from his freshman to sophomore to junior seasons and that shows he works hard to improve himself which is professional.  As for character issues he made a mistake and rather than return to the Ohio State University where he will bring more negative press he has chosen to give up his senior season which he knows he needs to become a potential first round pick.  Actions speak louder than words and the actions I have seen from Terrelle are on the field and the words from these so called professional writers have been mostly unsubstantiated.  I think the writers have more character issues as they fail to support their stories and throw slop against the wall hoping something is true but gets people to read.  As for some of these NFL GM's.  Let me start with Ryan Leaf, Tony Mandarich, and JaMarcus Russel and compare that to Tom Brady (5th round), Peyton Hillis (7th round), Matt Cassell (7th round), Wes Welker (undrafted), and London Fletcher (undrafted).  Three guys that were drafted with the first two selection of of the draft that never developed into NFL players and a bunch of low round or undrafted players that are all pro bowlers?  So how much does this opinion mean of one NFL GM after all he could have been the guy who drafted Jamarcus and passed over Cassell? 

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:14 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

or would a white ceo who killed someone while driving drunk go to treatment or jail lol

Or would a black gue like Leonard Little drive drunk, kill a woman and play in the Super Bowl less than a year later?

Idiot troll.

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