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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 4, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:14 pm

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

Qb's with a lot less talent have been first round picks. He  has to grow up and face reality though. I think the advent of the recruiting services  industry and rating HS players with hype and TV exposure has contirbuted quite a bit to this, to the players detriment.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:12 pm

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

I commented on the words that were actually posted. 
It is very plausable that he meant to say "with a 1st or 2nd round pick" instead of "in the first two rounds" but they do mean two different things.  Cudos for you if you are able to interpret that people meant to say one thing when they actually typed words that mean something else.

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:10 pm

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

As a college football fan, I can't help but find this Terrell Pryor situation a bit unseemly.  I mean, he burns down the university, and the next day he is moving on without punishment.  And at the same time, Tressel will never coach a big time program again, and the university is looking at USC type of sanctions, if they're lucky. 

The NCAA is such a mess.  I can tell you from experience that the violations we are talking about here, and at USC, are just the tip of the iceburg.  These violations go on at every major school, and the facts are much more egregious than you know.  Reggie Bush did much worse at USC than the violations that brought down his university's football program.  We are talking death peanalty stuff.  And it is not to point the finger at the anyone in particular, as I could make similar claims about SEC athletes in the 90s, -when I shared a house with a friend who worked for an agent- because it goes on everywhere.  The problem is the NCAA.  If there is money to be made, people will approach these athletes and offer large sums of cash, or even just a few hundred here and there for spending money.  It is beyond anyones control, especially when you consider how broke some of these kids are.  Most of them are incapable of saying "No".  They just know that they don't have a nice car, or any money to take a girl out on the weekend.  The NCAA will have to change the rules, or they will  eventually bring down every major program.  The comments made by Colt McCoy's wife last week were spot on.  And I can promise you that if the truth were to come out down in Texas, the university would be in just as much trouble as USC and Ohio State. 

The NCAA really needs to decide how far they want to dig here.  It may be in their best interest to just bury their head in the sands and move on.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:07 pm

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

Correction "University of Ohio State"............I'm not too bright either

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:06 pm

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

At least he didn't call them "Ohio State university" like on signing day...........that alone should put him 9 credits from graduating.

I'd love for Terrelle to take me on a tour of the Campus.........I've never been on it either.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:04 pm

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

It's not shocking they speak multiple time. They need to get their stories straight.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:02 pm

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

does Jamarcus Russell ring a bell? 

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:44 pm

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

That's exactly what he's saying, just semantics. Did you really waste your time to put him down when he is essentially saying no one would waste a 1st or 2nd round pick on him? The "surrender" they give up is next year's pick in the round they drafted/bid him in the supplemental draft.

But as long as it makes you feel smarter to pretend to know more than someone else on a subject... 

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:33 pm

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

Regarding your comment that no one with brains would pick him in the first two rounds....

Um.... there are no "rounds" in the supplemental draft.  It is more like an auction.  Teams declare what round pick from next season they would be willing to surrender in order to get a player (with his name in the supplemental draft) and the highest bidder wins. 

Under your scenario, he would HAVE to go in the 1st round because there will probably be less than a dozen players even eligible for the supplemental draft.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:26 pm

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

LOL @ he's going to be a great QB.

How many of those 8000 yards and 59 TD pases were against teams like Akron and Miami of Oh and all the games they won 63-3 where he was still passing in the 4th quarter.

Terrell pryror will be out of the NFL in 4 years and to think he's going to be a great NFL QB is assinine.  

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