Yet another step in the ongoing and seemingly never-ending Ohio State football scandal: To avoid further investigation, quarterback Terrelle Pryor says that he is leaving Ohio State and pursuing a career in the NFL.
This now raises the question of which NFL teams will show interest in acquiring Pryor.
Pryor possesses a tremendous amount of physical talent, is blessed with through-the-roof potential and has an attribute that can't be taught, learned or coached: size.
Standing at 6'6" and weighing in at 235 lbs., Pryor is a massive human being. Combine this with his 4.5 speed and you have a lethal offensive weapon.
Couple these attributes with his versatility and now teams not only have an option at quarterback, but also at wide receiver. This combination will be enticing to many NFL teams—notably the Miami Dolphins.
Miami is sitting in a position where their starting QB Chad Henne and head coach Tony Sparano are sitting in hot water. The franchise needs a spark to excite fans and players alike.
Terrelle Pryor could be that spark. He has a plethora of upsides that would greatly benefit the Dolphins offense. He has something that Miami lacks—leadership. He is a two-year captain and led his team to multiple Big 10 championships.
Primarily, the situation in Miami is perfect for Pryor to fit in. If Chad Henne does not succeed this season the team needs a someone that can step up and be the future of the organization. He has the mobility and athletic ability to be a Mike Vick-type QB. If Henne does prove himself to be the starter of the team there is still a place where Pryor would fit.
After drafting Daniel Thomas, Miami looks to be sticking with the Wildcat as an option on offense. Insert Terrelle Pryor. He could be the player that Miami hoped they were getting when they drafted Pat White—a versatile QB that is as much a threat to throw the ball as he is to run it himself.
Miami can also choose to groom Pryor as a WR. He may not have the burner speed like rookie Edmund Gates, but he has the size and physicality to be a receiver who dominates in yards after the catch or just a big target in the red zone.
One may argue that there may not be a spot on the roster for Pryor but he could certainly find a place as the backup quarterback in place of Tyler Thigpen.
It goes without saying that there are also some risks associated with Pryor.
Pryor has very raw quarterback skills and his accuracy is questionable. For him to succeed, it would take a great amount of work on the fundamental skills of the quarterback position.
His off-field issues show that he may not be the type of player that can behave as an NFL star. Think of Vince Young as an example. Young's off-field problems have prevented him from reaching his potential in the NFL and have left his teammates and coaches disappointed.
The reports that revealed Pryor sold autographs to obtain $20,000-plus also demonstrate that he might carry a high price tag. An expensive risk should not be the route that the Miami Dolphins are interested in taking.
If Pryor comes at the right price, is he a risk worth taking?