Posted by Tom Fornelli
Can you believe we had three posts in a row here that made no mention of Ohio State, Jim Tressel or Terrelle Pryor? Those were some scary times, but don't worry, I'm here to put the world back on its axis.
When we last checked in on the college football world's latest whipping boy, it was to hear allegations that Pryor had received up to $40,000 in compensation for autographs he signed while with the Buckeyes. We also found out that Pryor would not be returning to Ohio State next season. So Terrelle had a pretty busy day, but while I don't have access to his daily planner, there are plenty of people wondering what Pryor's next step will be. A lot of people think that Pryor will apply for the NFL's supplemental draft, but just as many people think that he isn't quite ready for the NFL yet. At least, not as a quarterback.
So, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the UFL may be the best bet for the next place we see Pryor don the pads before trading them in for tattoos.
A well-placed UFL source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Wednesday that Pryor would benefit from the coaching in the league, which includes high-profile former NFL coaches such as Marty Schottenheimer, Dennis Green, Jim Fassel and Jerry Glanville. The source said he believes there's "a decent shot" Pryor could wind up playing this year in the UFL.
Sportsbooks don't seem to feel the same, as Bodog has released odds on where Pryor will end up, and the UFL is listed at 3/1. The CFL comes in at 5/4 and the NFL is at 10/11.
If you forced me to guess -- actually, you don't have to force me because I'm about to do it anyway -- I'd say Pryor will wind up in the NFL. Some team will probably take a chance on him if he enters the supplemental draft, though I don't know that he'll end up playing quarterback. Now, if he has his heart set on playing quarterback, while Pryor may want to go to the NFL, he'd probably be better off in the UFL or CFL. It would give Pryor a lot better shot of playing time and proving to NFL scouts that he can play quarterback.