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NFL executive questions Terrelle Pryor’s leadership ability

Terrelle Pryor

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor prepares to throw a football to a rookie after autographing it during a community service event at the NFL Players Association’s rookie symposium at IMG Academies, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor went 31-4 as a three-year starter for Buckeyes. His college record was enough to convince ESPN’s Jon Gruden that Pryor has a bright NFL future.

But the same can’t be said for at least one league executive, who’s more concerned with Pryor’s personality and leadership skills than his athletic ability and on-field talent.

He’s not a well-liked kid,” the unnamed exec told John Keim of the Washington Examiner. “Very self-absorbed. He doesn’t have the leadership you want in a quarterback. I’ve got more issues with that than his arm.”

The executive did acknowledge that Pryor has NFL-caliber physical tools.

“You start with Cam Newton and you look at Christian Ponder and [Jake] Locker and you can make a case for Pryor,” he said. “He has special skills too. If he had another year I know he would look better and more polished and poised in the pocket. He’s not that far off those guys. You want to look at him as a quarterback.”

Newton, Ponder, and Locker were all first-round picks, of course.

And that’s just where Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, insists his client will go.