Posted by Ryan Wilson
As the owners and players rush to finalize a new collective bargaining agreement, we've heard theories about how an abbreviated free-agent signing period might work -- and the domino effect it could have on the timing of training camps and the preseason, particularly the Hall of Fame game. Lost in the mix of this conversation: the supplemental draft.
In a typical offseason, the NFL's supplemental draft takes place in mid-July, but due to the lockout, it's been pushed back indefinitely. Meantime, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has joined forces with super-agent Drew Rosenhaus, and we've been treated to everything from theatrical press conferences to staged workouts.
Despite Rosenhaus' PR push (which included an "I expect him to be a first-round pick" decree last month), the consensus from personnel types seems to be that Pryor is a late-round talent.
Turns out, Pryor is fine with that.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pryor continues to work out in Florida with former NFL quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson and doesn't care where he's drafted. "Whether I go as a first-round (supplemental) draft pick or a seventh-round draft pick, it doesn't matter," he said. "When I get in there, I'm going to work my butt off and compete."
Sounds like someone's been listening to Herm Edwards: Motivational Speaker. (At the NFLPA rookie symposium last month, one of the points Edwards stressed was that where you're drafted is irrelevant. "I was not drafted," he said at the time. "I was a free agent. Played for 10 years, men. Never missed a game, never missed a practice. I was ready to go when they kicked the ball off. Make sure you're ready to go.")
It's probably the right way to approach something as unpredictable as the NFL draft, although every player, no matter what they might say, wants to be drafted as early as possible. (Some, like Tom Brady, even cry when they recount their personal -- and very traumatic, it turns out -- draft weekend experiences, even if they are one of the best players on the planet.)
For now, though, all Pryor can do is continue to train and refine his technique. "Footwork and getting my hips right during my throwing motion is the biggest thing [Anderson's] taught me," he said. "Little things to make me a better quarterback. … I'm getting a chance to work on things I didn't do well at Ohio State. I have a chance to get better. I want to be the best quarterback I can possibly be."
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