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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 11, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:59 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Reason why Pryor chose OSU over Michigan because Pryor wanted to be developed into a NFL QB and he knew at Michigan he had no chance.  Rodriguez's offense would of never prepared him for the NFL but I would agree he might of had a better chance to win a Heisman at Michigan.  I think he thought Tressel gave him the best chance to develop because of the offense he ran and what he did with Troy Smith.  Granted I cant remember the last good QB that came out of OSU.  OSU is not known for developing top NFL QB talent.  So maybe that was Pryor's one smart decision picking OSU over Michigan.  Granted I knew from the beginning when he announced he was taking a few extra weeks after signing day to decide where to go OSU had potential credibility issues.  The only thing I will give Pryor credit for is I could tell on the field he was trying to become a better QB, pass first then run. 

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.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:54 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

What part of a story on the questionable character of Terrelle Pryor coming out of college cued up this bordering-on-racist tripe?

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:46 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

This is sad because as a freshman, T.P. was a star–in–the–makin
g. In the mold of Cam Newton, who had his fair share of controversy.

He really did screw himself over by indulging in the kool–aid before his time. He could've been a real star, maybe not a Hall of Famer, but I'm sure he could've bought his whole family, friends, and his whole team new cars.

Just plain stupid. 

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:37 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

You're right, I'm sure it was some white guy that made him take all that money and cars and completely crap on his team and his school.  Poor guy.  He's such a victim to the evil white man.

At some point, don't you have to just figure there are more black guys in jail because they commit crimes?!?!  I guarantee if you don't do illegal stuff, you have a 98% chance of not going to jail.  And if you do, you have a 40% chance of going.

It's time to quit cryin' about Whitey and man up.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:34 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Pryor should've gone to Michigan. He would've been dominate in that offense, probably won a heisman by now & Rich Roidriguez would still be at Michigan going into Pryor's senior season. Now's he's got nothing except the bonus Ohio State paid him  to come there. Oh well, what comes around goes around. Go move Terrelle.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:32 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Have to know what would possess Mrs. Colt McCoy to call a radio station - much less Colin Cowherd? And to add insult to injury proceeds to talk about Texas players getting freebies....not real smart. It smacks of the Alabama guy who called Paul Finebaum and admitted he was the one who destroyed the trees at Auburn. How could she not know making such a statement would not be detrimental to the University. Dumb girl excuse wont work this time....Am interested in hearing how the powersthatbe at Texas explain this away....

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:29 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Tiredofcrap2 if I can see through your misplaced anger enough to figure out what the heck you are talking about I might be able to respond.  Of all the african american athletes drafted into the you choose to single out the one with absolutely no integrity to defend.  These "angry racist white people" that you allude to have drafted the league to a 65% african american players edge  in the NFL.  Your defense is that Pryor should be allowed in the nfl in spite of his integrity issues because he is black.  That my friend is racist.  You further more use an outdated excuse that white atheletes get away with more.   Well I give you the entire bengals franchise as an example of just the opposite. 

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:22 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

If you think many OSU fans ever thought Pryor was going to be able to play QB in the NFL you are way off base.  People have been complaining about him from the beginning.  Why do you think he was originally planning on coming back his Senior year.  Not that he wanted to come back but he knew he had to prove to the NFL he could be a QB.  Most people in Columbus thought he had to be willing to move to WR or TE to have any chance at a successful NFL career.  We watched him miss to many open receivers, over throw receivers and lets not get started on his mechanics.  We won because of his speed and athleticism.  Everyone is fast and big in the NFL.

I am just waiting to watch Cam Newton become the next big bust.
You obviously don't read these message boards much -- OSU fans have been swinging from his nuts for a couple years.  You are obviously an intelligent fan that can take off the scarlet colored glasses before commenting on a Buckeye player.  Most on this site cannot.

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:13 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:40 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

He can rot up in canada because the NFL sure isnt taking him!!!!!!!

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