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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 3:34 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.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:28 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Holmes is a thug and a punk and I am glad the Steelers got rid of him......and I do know the difference between quitting and being forced to resign......The Senator could have stayed and took his medicine like a big boy, but he quit.  He could have stayed and faced the music, but he chose to quit, run and hide.  He taught Pryor this valuable lesson.

As far as the other thugs and punks, they are just as guilty, but at least they didn't quit.  AT LEAST NOT YET........GIVE IT TIME

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:18 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Mrs. Colt McCoy is a pseudo-Christian idiot.  But, Vegasrugger, you make a good point.  Go after the Longhorns and see what falls out.  However, it won't have a thing to do with Colt's wife who doesn't know Jack *hit about football, religion, or when to keep her mouth shut.  Colt is the man of that house and he will shut it for her if necessary.  Potential Longhorn scandals might be more interesting than the constant Buckeye bore this story has become.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:11 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Is this really news???  The ONLY people who think Pryor is going to be a QB is die hard OSU fans.  He doesn't have the mechanics, the arm strength, the accuracy or mental capacity to be a NFL QB.

Only way he sees the field as a QB is if a team wants to run a wildcat offense once in a blue moon.  If he wants to see the field, he needs to change positions.  Even though he'd be a long shot as he would have to learn a new position.  I think TE is his best opportunity to have a successful career, as he could create a serious mismatch problem with his speed.

I just don't know if Pryor's ego will let him make a position change.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:08 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

I have as much of a future in the NFL as Terelle Pryor. He is done.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:07 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

felt tip, first of all 5 players does not make a whole football team a group of "punks and thugs",  second of all Tressel didn't quit, he was forced to resign.  Something people like you don't understand.  I agree on Pryor, he is about as dumb as they come, but most football players are idiots.  That's just a fact.  Also, you're a steelers fan, one of the biggest thugs in ohio state history won you guys a super bowl.  so, shut up.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:47 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

What are you, Pryor's big brother???  He made his bed now let him and his precious "*uckeyes lie in it.  Pryor is a coward and a selfish little boy.  When the heat got too much, he used the lesson that he learned from "The Vest"--------------HE QUIT!!!!!!

He quit on the fans, the school and most importantly the coaches and teammates......But hey, what do you expect.  He learned from the biggest quitter of all.

So if you are an OSU fan, Mr. Vegas, I say too bad for you.  If this is your team, get used to it my friend, it's not going to get any better in the near future and the football death penalty is coming your way............

Couldn't happen to a nicer group of punks and thugs............

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:31 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

I can't get enough news on T Pryor and OSU scandal.  Keep up the good work!


Michigan Fan

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:28 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

He is one selfish guy, who isnt anywhere as good as he thinks he is. You also know he thinks he's a quarterback. He aint gonna play anywhere else.  He doesnt get iget it. He f-ed Tressel. He f-ed The Ohio state, and He f-ed eeveryone cause he doesnt care. He thinks they owe it to him. 

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:17 pm

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future looks dim

Now for more breaking news....water is wet and Terrelle Pryor sucks.

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