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Rosenhaus expects Pryor to be a first round pick

Terrelle Pryor, Jim Tressel

FILE - In this March 11, 2011 file photo, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, left, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor watch from the sideline during the first day of NCAA college football practice in Columbus, Ohio. Tressel, Pryor and four other top players are facing five-game suspensions at the start of the season. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)


Agent Drew Rosehaus and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor didn’t try to explain the circumstances that led to Pryor leaving Ohio State at Tuesday’s press conference.

Instead, Pryor apologized “with all his heart” to Jim Tressel and Ohio State, saying he regretted what happened. He wants to eventually graduate from OSU, but tried to focus on the future -- in the NFL.

Pryor took the occasion to announce his entry into the NFL’s supplemental draft, as expected. (This assumes there will even be a supplemental draft on time, which remains uncertain.) Pryor made a statement without reading from notes, but did not take questions. Rosenhaus didn’t take questions either.

Offering “no excuses” for Pryor’s past, Rosenhaus vouched repeatedly for Pryor’s character and talent. The agent says he was “very moved” by how highly Tressel spoke of Pryor. Tressel and Pryor reportedly speak 4-5 times a day.

“I expect [Pryor] to be a first-round pick,” Rosenhaus said. “Middle rounds for this guy?”

Early estimates indicate that middle rounds might be generous. Pryor could fall to the sixth or seventh round. Then again, we remember some draft “experts” saying Cam Newton might be a second-round pick as late as January.

We would tell you more about the press conference, but ESPN cut away from it within minutes. It wasn’t on ESPNNews either.

Instead, the network chose to provide analysis on a news conference that wasn’t even over before transition into its running series: Coors Light Cold Hard Annoying Catchphrases.