Terrelle Pryor’s days as an Ohio State Buckeye are numbered, one way or another. Pryor has already been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season and new allegations against the former super recruit are surfacing on a daily basis. With the growing scandal coming forth in Columbus, will Pryor jump ship and enter the NFL’s supplemental draft? It’s certainly a possibility.
In addition to Pryor, other suspended Ohio State players considering the supplemental draft include offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.
Should Pryor make the leap to the NFL, it’s uncertain how prospective teams would value the dual-threat quarterback. Pryor’s skill set doesn’t exactly match up with prototypical passers such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, but with the lockout impeding any movement on the free agent market, someone might be willing to invest in his services.
Could that team be the Arizona Cardinals?
The Cardinals’ quarterback situation remains in dire straits and could easily be considered the worst in the league. Arizona passed on a signal caller in the draft and will now be forced to make a move via free agency. Or they could enter the 2011 campaign with an even more uncertain situation at quarterback than last year, providing a season eventually takes place.
Derek Anderson isn’t expected to return for second year in Arizona, leaving John Skelton, Max Hall and Richard Bartel on the depth chart.
An option like Pryor would be tempting minus the major black clouds circling over him. For one, his participation in the Buckeyes’ scandal is far from over. Reports of Pryor – and several other players – receiving improper benefits would likely be a major distraction for an NFL team willing to take him in.
Pryor also has several inefficiencies on the field. Accuracy has never been a strongpoint and while he’s able to use his legs outside of the pocket, he lacks the explosiveness of running threats such as Michael Vick and Cam Newton.
With the Buckeyes utilizing a run-first offense, Pryor’s passing skills will come under a great deal scrutiny during the evaluation process.
If the Cardinals could acquire Pryor while only giving up a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft, it might be worth the risk. Then again, Pryor appears to be a high-risk prospect with very low reward, making it unlikely for him to land anywhere near the desert.
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