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Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Ken Anderson now working with Terrelle Pryor

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor's transition from college to the NFL hasn't been quiet or without controversy. This is what happens when you drop out of school amid a scandal and hire Drew Rosenhaus to hold infomercials proclaiming that you're a first-round pick while people whose job it is to make such judgments state exactly the opposite.

But we give Pryor credit. Instead of coming off as aloof and entitled, which sometimes happens to college athletes accustomed to being the center of their universe, Pryor appears to be working hard, saying all the right things, and preparing for the supplemental draft. That doesn't make him any more of an NFL quarterback, but it does make him more likable. And in the world we live in, where public perception is as important as on-field productivity, it's a good start.

The latest evidence: Pryor is working with former Bengals quarterback and NFL assistant coach Ken Anderson, who has mentored high school and college QBs since retiring from the Steelers in 2009. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Pryor and Anderson worked together Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida, where Pryor was attending the NFLPA Rookie Symposium. Anderson called Pryor "an interesting kid." Adding: "His throwing motion and arm is good and he can make all the throws."

More details via Reedy:
Two more weeks of workouts are planned in Fort Lauderdale. The hope is in the interim that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement can be reached. A Pro Day-type workout for Pryor and the Supplemental Draft are on hold due to the lockout. …

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reached out to Anderson about working with Pryor. Some thought that George Whitfield, who prepped Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for this year's draft, would be the guy but it was Anderson who got the call.
Which we take to mean that Whitfield, in fact, won't be working with Pryor, even though he was under that impression as well earlier this week.

As for what Anderson has in mind for Pryor, he tells Reedy that "We're working on a lot of different things right now like NFL concepts, the passing tree and footwork. He does a nice job understanding things and how it translates."

What that means for Pryor's professional prospects is an entirely different story. The NFL scrap heap is littered with tales of workout warriors who excelled in shorts and t-shirts but couldn't replicate that success in pads surrounded by 21 other guys.

For now, Pryor continues to train, trying to convince his doubters that he can play quarterback in the NFL. There's no denying his athleticism. It's just that it's going to take some Herculean improvements to persuade the skeptics that Pryor's not the next coming of Tarvaris Jackson.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Pryor to work out with QB coach George Whitfield

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We joked yesterday on the Eye on Football podcast that Drew Rosenhaus took a break from preaching the gospel of Terrelle Pryor (he's a first-round pick!) to announce that another of his clients, Terrell Owens, will start in the NFL this season despite his age (37) and recent surgery for an ACL injury.

But today it's back to Pryor, the former Ohio State quarterback who has yet to play one down in the NFL. He'll enter the supplemental draft, which will take place in the coming weeks assuming the owners and players can agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.

In preparation for that eventuality, Pryor has been working out. And we're not just talking about the Rosenhaus-produced highlight tape, either. According to the Canton Repository, Pryor will train with renowned quarterback coach George Whitfield, who has also worked with Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger.

“It is my understanding I am heading (to Miami),” said Whitfield. “I look forward to working with him. From a kid that grew up in Ohio and knows how important the Buckeyes are and my relationship with Coach Tressel and his relationship with Coach Tressel ... on top of the fact he’s talented and a big competitor. It’s a challenge to me. I know Terrelle wants to be as good as he can be.”

Opinions vary about Pryor's NFL stock though most analysts peg him as a late-round pick. Rosenhaus says Pryor is an NFL quarterback, while others speculate that Pryor might have to change positions to stick in the league. Whitfield disagrees.

“I almost jumped off the couch when I heard that (Pryor might have to move to tight end),” he said. “They put in all their chips against him, and made a definitive statement about a guy who is 31-4 at one of the more premier college programs in America.”

It's no secret that Pryor needs to improve his footwork in the pocket and that's what Whitfield aims to do.

“The big thing is I’ve got to get him more familiar with his operation in the pocket in terms of footwork and throwing from the pocket,” he said. “Of the guys I’ve worked with, Pryor has played more under center than any of them. It’s not that he’s deficient in that area, but it’s what the NFL wants. The league puts a premium on operation from the cockpit, and we’ll work on that.”

Working with Whitfield certainly can't hurt, although Pryor will have to show substantial progress to raise his draft stock. But it's worth remembering that, despite Rosenhaus' "first-round" proclamations, the journey doesn't end for Pryor after the draft. That's when it begins. Wherever he ends up, he'll sit on the bench for a couple seasons, learn the nuances of the position and go from there.

The long-range plan sometimes gets obscured by all that comes before it -- the scandal, the Rosenhaus hype, the media response -- but on the right team Pryor could very well find his niche. The trick is making a match.

(In related news: it sounds like the Ravens aren't interested)

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Watch Terrelle Pryor throw passes to NFL WRs

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been eight days since Terrelle Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, convened a press conference to let everyone know that he expect his client to be a "first-round pick" in the NFL's supplemental draft. It was the first of many PR sleights of hand by Rosenhaus to manufacture interest in Pryor who, by most accounts isn't worth more than a fourth-round pick.

But sometimes perceptions trump reality and when Rosenhaus is writing the script and working the stage lights it's hard to tell where make-believe ends and the truth begins. As NFL Network's Mike Mayock said last week: "Nobody is better than Rosenhaus in driving perceived value. … Sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value if he can get enough people talking about [Pryor] as a first-round pick."

On Monday, ESPN's Jon Gruden was in Florida to tape a very special "QB Camp" episode featuring Pryor. In an excerpted clip Gruden asks Pryor about the whole "So, what in the world happened at Ohio State?" situation that prompted Pryor to leave school earlier this month.

The show airs in its entirety next week, and perhaps in an effort to lessen the blow of any missteps with Gruden (either on the field on in the classroom), Rosenhaus has released a 75-second video of Pryor working out. He's seen throwing passes to Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Brown who both happen to be represented by Rosenhaus. (Now we're just waiting for Brown to offer unsolicited praise for Pryor's quarterbacking skills.)

As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, "Obviously, Rosenhaus isn’t going to let footage of Pryor’s bad throws get out, so the video that’s been released won’t tell us a whole lot. But it’s still interesting to see how Pryor looks when dropping back and throwing to NFL receivers."



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Posted on: June 20, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Gruden, Pryor film new 'QB Camp' segment for ESPN

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Another day, another Terrelle Pryor post. Yes, we know, he's just 12 days removed from college and this is an NFL blog. Welcome to June in the middle of a lockout.

Anyway, TampaBay.com's Greg Auman writes that former Bucaneers coach-turned-ESPN analyst Jon Gruden has a new contestant for his QB Camp television spectacle that originally ran in the weeks leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. You guessed it: it's Pryor, who said in a press conference last week that he's entering the supplemental draft. (And as you've probably heard, Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, expects his client to be a "first-round pick.")

According to Auman, "Pryor said he spent six hours Monday morning watching and breaking down video with Gruden -- a major part of the ESPN show -- and said the chance to work with the former Bucs coach was a great opportunity."

In previous pre-draft episodes, Gruden hosted Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett and Jake Locker (details here).

After Monday's session Pryor said, "There's too much to learn from [Gruden]. I enjoyed the time … He's a great coach and a great mentor. I'm just trying to get better."

Auman adds that Rosenhaus has instructed Pryor not to talk to the media about his draft preparations, although Pryor admitted that he was returning to Miami because "I've got some training to do."

In April, before the Buckeye's football program was beset by scandal, Gruden spoke at the Ohio State coaches clinic. It's where he first met Pryor. And when Gruden was asked if he thought Pryor was an NFL prospect, he said, "Yeah, I do -- I really do," Columbus Dispatch reported. "Again, I'm accused of liking too many people. 'Gruden likes everybody.' Well, sorry about that. (But) Bill Walsh used to say, 'Don't tell me what this guy can't do. Tell me what he can do."

That said, even Glass-Half-Full Gruden qualified his laudatory remarks.

"...Terrelle Pryor can run and he can throw," he said at the time. "And he's a helluva competitor. And if I coached him, I'd find something for him to do. You might have to cater your offense to a degree towards his strengths. But I think this guy can develop his passing the more you pass the ball. And I think the guy is a unique, rare talent."

This very special episode of QB Camp will air Thursday, June 30, at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:52 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Mayock on Pryor: He's a 4th-round pick

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Another day, another expert weighs in on Terrelle Pryor's NFL prospects. Appearing on NFL Network's Wednesday edition of Total Access, respected draft analysts Mike Mayock spoke about Pryor.

But before we get to Mayock's levelheaded and well-reasoned evaluation, a quick trip in the time machine. Tuesday, Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, convened a press conference to offer up his own scouting report on his client. Enjoy.
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.
Back on earth, Mayock shared his thoughts on Pryor.
Nobody is better than Drew Rosenhaus in driving perceived value. Now, that's his job and I have no problem with that. Sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value if he can get enough people talking about [Pryor] as a first-round pick.
Terrelle Pryor's NFL future

I watched four hours of tape yesterday, and I only did three games. Off my tape evaluation, if I'm Vegas Vic, I set the over-under line at the fourth round. Can somebody take him in the third round? Absolutely.

The value for [Pryor] as a rookie is in packages. In other words, I think the New York Jets are the best wildcat team in the NFL. Why? Because Brad Smith can throw the football just well enough to keep you honest.

And I think that's what this kid can do. He can be a package quarterback Year 1 while you develop his skill set. Is he raw? Absolutely. Does he have a lot to work on? Yes, he does. And that doesn't even get into all the intangibles off the field.
As for those off-the-field issues, Mayock thinks that the short timeframe between now and the supplemental draft will ultimately hurt Pryor in two areas.
One: off-the-field intangibles and how well are teams willing to get to know this kid. And No. 2: look at Colin Kaepernick, who's kind of a similar big kid, great athlete. He got himself up into the high second round. Now he's got a cannon for an arm, but he also had the benefit of the process, meaning he played in the Senior Bowl, he went to the combine, he went through his pro day, all the teams got to know him. The San Francisco 49ers fell in love with his upside and took him as a high second-round pick.

Terrelle Pryor does not have the advantage of the process a) to clear his name, and b) to show us that he can drive the football with accuracy.
Mayock is more bullish on Pryor than other experts but still pegs him as a fourth-rounder. This is a far cry from Rosenhaus' "first-round pick" decree Tuesday, although it reinforces Mayock's earlier point that "sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value."

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 2:54 pm
 

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

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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Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:18 am
Edited on: April 12, 2011 9:21 am
 

Pryor tweets that he'll be 'suited up' for OSU

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, a pretty zany rumor started floating around about Terrell Pryor entering the NFL's supplemental draft.

It was an out-of-left-field number, but it also contained some logic, because of the big pile of mess that Ohio State's football program has become in recent months.

However, my esteemed colleague Tom Fornelli already pointed out -- at the Eye on College Football section of the site -- that we shouldn't "put much faith" in the rumors about Pryor bouncing to the pros.

Looks like Fornelli was right, because Pryor himself tweeted that he'll be staying at Ohio State.



Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that NO chance Pryor is leaving for the NFL. After all, there's still a (completely hypothetical) set of circumstances that could end in Jim Tressel getting fired, or Ohio State getting sanctions or Pryor getting suspended more than five games.

But as of right now, it looks like "T Peezy" is indeed headed back to tOSU, and that any and all speculation about his NFL future was a bit premature.

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