Terrelle Pryor: 10 Reasons He Will Not Make a Good NFL Quarterback
Jim Tressel has resigned as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes after intense investigation from the NCAA.
Now, the investigation has shifted focus to Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor may have received improper benefits through car rentals. When he was recently spotted in a new Nissan with temporary plates, he definitely did not help his case.
This is terrible for Pryor's NFL outlook, but there are also other reasons why Pryor will be an NFL flop.
Let's take a look at 10 reasons Pryor will not be a good NFL quarterback.
10. He Is Fast, but Not Fast Enough
Vince Young is a perfect comparison for Terrelle Pryor.
They have extremely similar size and skill sets.
Young was a far more accomplished rusher in high school.
He eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing two times in three season at Texas.
Pryor has failed to get to the 800 yard mark once in three seasons at Ohio State.
Young struggled accumulating rushing statistics in the NFL, and he was a better rusher than Pryor in college.
Scrambling is part of Pryor's game, but he just isn't good enough at it to do it well in the NFL.
9. Lack of Passing Ability
Terrelle Pryor does have the arm to play in the NFL.
Still, he has not proven that he has the ability to make all of the throws needed to be an NFL quarterback.
Pryor has not been groomed to be an NFL quarterback because he has been able to rely on his feet when the only man open is a throw he cannot make.
This will not work in the NFL.
8. Slow Decision Making
Terrelle Pryor seems to play one or two steps too slow mentally.
Well, too slow for the NFL.
Peyton Manning is the perfect example of a quarterback that thinks quick on his feet. In fact, his feet are always moving until he finds a target.
Mechanically, this may not be the best thing for a quarterback to do; it can lead to off-balance and wobbly throws.
Still, it shows how quickly Manning's mind is churning.
Pryor doesn't show that. Ever.
7. His Work Ethic
I do not know Terrelle Pryor personally.
I do not know what he does on a daily basis to prepare for games.
I do not know what his offseason workout schedule looks like.
Still, it seems as if Pryor is not built to be an NFL quarterback.
NFL quarterbacks are nerds; they study film until they cannot keep their eyes open, or at least the best ones do.
From watching interviews of Pryor, he does not give off the notion that he is a nerd. In fact, he seems to have more of a boisterous wide receiver mentality.
I may be wrong, but it seems like Pryor would not be fit to stay inside all week and study film in the NFL.
6. He Is an Entertainer
This is my problem with LeBron James. He is an entertainer.
Everything he does is a show. The fake photo shoots with his Cleveland teammates, his reactions to foul calls, and the pre-game baby powder ritual that he did not even originate.
LeBron has turned a corner this year, with some help, and is currently putting full effort into winning.
Pryor could do the same.
But, right now, he is nowhere close. He is an entertainer. He loves the spotlight.
That doesn't make an NFL quarterback.
5. His Attitude
Again, I do not know Terrelle Pryor.
However, I do know that he has played in an extremely controversial era for Ohio State history.
I know that he sold memorabilia that he earned on the field, including a sportsmanship award.
All signs point to a selfish attitude with Pryor.
An NFL quarterback is a certain type of person. They have to have an attitude that allows them to ignore bad luck.
When a perfect throw bounces off a receiver's hands for an interception, the quarterback needs to be able to tell the receiver that he will catch the next one.
I don't see Pryor doing that anytime soon.
4. Jim Tressel
Jim Tressel was a phenomenal coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes football program.
He continuously won and was known as an honorable man amongst the football community.
In Terrelle Pryor's case, whether he realizes it yet, Tressel has hurt him in his development into an NFL quarterback.
Tressel has looked the other way when Pryor needed someone to straighten him out.
He failed to instill discipline into Pryor like he had done with hundreds of his former players.
Now, Tressel is out of a job, and Pryor is missing some of the tools that his former coach could have provided him.
3. He Is Not a Leader
Terrelle Pryor is a rare talent.
However, his talents do not perfectly fit the breed of an NFL quarterback.
Still, he can manage if he does other things well, like bring together of group of men to achieve a common goal.
The problem is that he is not a leader.
This is the one intangible that the best quarterbacks in the NFL have, and he does not possess it.
Part of the problem was that his coach was such an iconic leader, that he may have not felt the need to be the leader as a player.
With Tressel gone, we will see what happens next year. Some believe Pryor may not even play amid the NCAA allegations.
If he does, however, he will have his chance to prove that he is a leader.
2. He Played for Ohio State
Ohio State has produced a long list of successful NFL players.
They have not produced as many NFL quarterbacks as they have with other positions.
This may be, especially in recent decades, because Ohio State surrounds their quarterbacks with weapons.
The Buckeyes bring in some of the top recruiting classes each year. These classes are filled with big, physical, speedy receivers and halfbacks. We cannot forget about the mammoth offensive linemen that they attract to protect their quarterbacks.
Pryor does not have as many tools around him as others have had.
Still, he has more to work with than most quarterbacks in college football.
That is something that simply comes with playing at Ohio State.
Maybe it should not take away from Pryor. However, history has shown, at all levels, that when a quarterback has firepower around him, it is easier to negate his value.
1. He Is Vince Young
Many people do not like comparisons.
But scouts in professional sports leagues love them. It is a way to see how players will translate from the college game to the pro level.
For Terrelle Pryor, his comparison is Vince Young, and it is hard to find a more perfect comparison in today's scouting world.
They are an inch and a few pounds from having the same body.
In Young's junior season he threw 26 TD and 10 INT while completing 65.2 percent of his passes. Pryor threw 27 TD and 11 INT while completing 65.0 percent of his attempts.
Young has been a winner in the NFL, but things did not turn out as expected for him in Tennessee.
Teams will not make the same mistake with Terrelle Pryor.