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No consensus on what kind of pro Terrelle Pryor would be

Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, right, watches his team from the sideline as quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) looks on during an NCAA college football Spring Game, Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)


With Terrelle Pryor now done at Ohio State and just hoping there’s a place for him in the NFL in 2011, no one is quite sure what to make of Pryor’s pro prospects.

For starters, although Pryor is seen as likely to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, we don’t even know for sure if there will be a supplemental draft for him to enter. And if there is a supplemental draft and Pryor does enter it, we don’t know if any teams will view Pryor as worth spending a 2012 draft pick to acquire.

Greg Cosell of NFL Films noted that although Pryor has great size and athleticism, that really doesn’t say much about what kind of professional quarterback he would be. And at the moment, teams haven’t spent enough time studying Pryor as a passer to have formed an opinion of whether he’d be a successful quarterback in the NFL.

For a quarterback with doubts about his passing ability, the Senior Bowl and the Combine are two opportunities to put those doubts to rest. Pryor won’t get those opportunities, and as Mel Kiper noted on ESPN, that means those doubts about his passing ability will remain at the time of the supplemental draft (again, if there is one).

“The pure passing skills that you need aren’t there yet,” Kiper said. “Will they be down the road with some tutelage from a quarterback coach in the NFL? Maybe.”

Kiper said he thinks some team will spend a 2012 pick on Pryor to acquire him in the supplemental draft, but it’s tough to guess how high a pick.

“You’re thinking at best third or fourth round,” Kiper said. “Then you talk to some people who say sixth or seventh round.”

Pryor is 6-foot-6 and 233 pounds and good enough with the ball in his hands that he had four 100-yard rushing games last season, and so there’s also been talk that he could play wide receiver or tight end in the NFL. But some reports have said Pryor believes he’s a quarterback, period.

In which case he might need to think about the UFL or the CFL.