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

Posted on: June 14, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 2:54 pm
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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Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:04 pm

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

I realize Drew is just doing his job trying to pump up the value of his client, but there is pretty much ZERO chance a team takes him in the first round of the supplemental draft.   Pryor's style is that of a run first QB and we all know that doesn't play well in the NFL.  Vince Young is proof of that.  Tebow is run first and the jury is still out on whether or not he will ever make it as a QB. Everyone knows that Scam Newton is going to fall on his face on that awful Carolina team.  Why on earth would a team give up a 1st round pick next year to take a huge risk on Pryor?   It makes no sense and it won't happen.  In fact, I would be surprised to see anyone even take a flier on him until the late 3rd or early 4th.  I don't even think he will be in the league in 3 or 4 years unless he's a WR.  Maybe Drew can work out a deal to put him with his other client Ocho Cinco.... he'd be perfect for the Bungles.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:07 pm

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


Money comes and goes, but stupidity is forever.(ask 78% of players, 2 years after they retire)  Did you see his press conference?  He can barely read.  He may get his money, but it will not last.  To think that this guy could be given a college degree, that I  worked so hard and sacrificed so much for, is laughable.  What are his final classes?  Basket weaving?  Learning to read 101?  Digital signal processing?  Abstract mathmatics?  I looked up his bio and he is undecided.  With 9 credits left, he is still "exploring" his options.  Gimme a break.  This guy will be a mix between Dexter Manley, JaMarcus Russell, and Vince Young and has "trouble" written all over him.  On top of that, it is already proven he got a near-legendary coach fired and will be the face of heavy OSU sanctions.  What GM/Owner of any NFL team is going to buy into that?  (besides Dan Snyder)

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:25 pm

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

I listened to the sound bite from Drew Rosenhaus' press conference and dude sounded like a total jack-arse.  I mean with all his melodramatic pitches, he sounded like a freakshow promoter.  I know he knows nfl managers don't go fall for his act.  I signs guys who he knows teams already have an interest in, then he puts on this show in front of his clients.  So when he goods a good deal for them, it makes the clients think its because of Drew, and not because of the athlete.  Drew - you're not slick... or maybe you are, because you've made quite a living off of it.  Not to say you don't deserve it, because you definitely know how to identify marketable talent.  Back to Pryor - I personally haven't been that impressed with his play, and as compared to Cam Newtown, his skills don't seem as transferrable to the NFL.  But when Cam is drafted number 1 overall, and guys like the Locker out of Washington are drafted in the top 10, you have to look at Pryor as a 1st or 2nd rounder in the supplemental draft. 

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:22 pm

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

AMazing how these guys (both players and agents) that break the rules for nothing more than self satisfaction, or greed, can say that it is now in the past and we must move ahead....... Meanwhile, a successful coach has lost his job, the school will suffer long after Pryor leaves, the NCAA is getting looked upon like it let all this happen and yet Pryor gets to try for the NFL - get millions - and possibly have a career.  Where is the justice?  I think he should be punished, I think Bush should be punished and any other player that violates the rules AND causes the school to be punished.  Where is the fairness in this system, where is the "teach future players from doing wrong" by punishing the ones that violate the rules now.  College is suppose to teach, sports is supposed to show more to life than books, the NCAA is supposed to rule the sports, why are teh Coaches and Schools that ONLY ones getting punished?

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:21 pm

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


Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:18 pm

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

You should give him some credit for at least wanting to come back to college. It's the same situation for Athletes who turn pro after a couple years of college and then years down the road go back & graduate after their pro career is over. And let me get this straight... Someone is dumb just because they don't have a college degree? Is that what they teach you in school? Now that's funny! Please inform me of the school who taught you that nonsense! Knowledge has never been depicted by having a piece of paper

Hey stupid.... sorry, couldn't resist.  You should proof read everything before you click the submit button because all you did was contradict yourself.   You want me to give Pryor credit for SAYING that he wants to eventually go back to OSU and graduate to receive a "piece of paper" that in your mind means next to nothing???  Why would I give somebody credit for doing something that supposedly means nothing?  And finally, why do you believe he's telling the truth?  Pryor will never go back to college to graduate... it'll take a guy like him 3 semesters to get 9 credits.... the guy could barely get by when he was being taken care of and treated like a star at OSU let alone when he's not a student athlete anymore.....

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:22 pm

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

WOW alot of funny $hit lol....But all kidding aside as an agent, is it not Rosenhaus job to build up his clients? I mean seriously if he was my agent i wouldn't want him to tell every1 i'm a later round pick, I would want him to tell every1 that i would be a first round pick...Right or wrong, true or false he is just doing his job and building up his client...Yes Rosenhaus will look like a real jacka$$ if Pryor don't get drafted at all....But thats the gamble of being an agent....I think he bit off more then he can chew representing Pryor.

Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:53 am

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

He stated that he wants to come back and graduate.
Sure, he "stated" that... but he's stating a lot of things. Please forgive me though, if I go ahead and file that statement away squarely in the "I'll believe it when I see it" folder. I'd be willing to wager quite a bit that he'll never set foot on OSU's campus again. If I know Buckeye fans and students... I can tell you that all the animosity and scrutiny he ran away from isn't going anywhere anytime soon. My guess is, the closest he ever gets to Columbus, Ohio again, for the rest of his life, will be when he's riding the northern-most bench in Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium.

Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:20 am

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

This humbling will help him. Unlike Scam Newton, he proved himself over the years as a winner, though he was inconsistent.
Pryor wasn't even really all that inconsistent. You could count the number of "great" games he had against actual competition on one hand. The rest he was average... at best. Where he really shone was against the yearly tomato cans on OSU's schedule. Teams like Troy, Akron, Toledo, Navy, New Mexico State, Ohio University, Eastern Michigan, Indiana and Michigan (during their worst slide in recent history. Appalachian St. ring a bell?) made up for at least 1/4 of OSU's schedule every year. If you play a quarter of your collegiate career against that kind of competition, you'd better finish with some good numbers. Hell, if Pryor played his career in the MAC, he'd likely be the greatest QB in NCAA history.

NFL defenses are smart, organized, and comprised of bonafide good players. They're not going to miss the reads, whif on the tackles, and blow the coverages that Pryor depends on. I always said he should have taken his junior and senior year to work on route running if he really wanted to make a splash in the pros. Physically, he's the prototypical big time WR. Now, of course, I knew that would NEVER happen, but it would have been a smart move.

Forget the guy's ability to play QB, or any other position though. His biggest stumbling block to even getting IN the league is going to be his attitude. He is the epitome of today's arrogant, entitled, "me first" athlete. From his Lebron James-esque holdout out on his declaration announcement, to his hand in the demolition of the OSU program (make no mistake... it wasn't JUST him.), to the abandonment of his (much needed) final year of college with the sole purpose of escaping consequences he'll now never have to face. I listened to his entire canned "apology" and I'm still haven't heard the remorse that Drew Rosenhaus keeps trying to CONvince me is there.

He'll get in the NFL, for sure. Someone will take a flyer on him. I fully expect a (legal) Maurice Clarett-like flame out in a couple years. There's gonna be plenty of music to face in the NFL. And once you've blown it there, there's nowhere else to run and hide.

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:19 am

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

Ha!  Too damn funny...a #1 for Pryor?  Or even a #2?  When monkeys fly out of my butt.  Even then, verrry questionable.

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