Terrelle Pryor Leaves Ohio State: Are the Buffalo Bills His Next Stop?

Bobby DaleContributor IIJune 7, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates the Buckeyes 31-26 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Terrelle Pryor has decided that he's done at Ohio State University, which comes after many months of speculation about the futures of the Buckeye Five. While his decision is certain, what happens next is not.

Will Pryor try to transfer to another Division I school? Will he enter the supplemental draft? Better yet, will there be a supplemental draft? There are almost too many questions and not enough answers.

Coming into next season it seemed likely that Pryor's stock would be significantly affected by character concerns and his lack of playing time during the season. Truth be told, Pryor has left a lot to be desired based on his lofty recruiting laurels. It seems that Pryor's name is much bigger than his game at this point.

While that is true, however, one could also argue that the tools and work ethic seem to be there, as Pryor has improved every year he has been at Ohio State. This year alone he completed over 65 percent of his passes to the tune of 2,772 yards with 27 touchdowns. He also is no slouch running the ball either as he scrambled for 754 yards.

In fact, if you stack Pryor's numbers up next to Cam Newton's for the 2010 season you can see why that comparison is not too far off:

Player Atts Comp PCT TDS AVG Rush Yards Rush Atts
Cam Newton 280 185 66 30 10 1473 264
Terrelle Pryor 323 210 65 27 8.6 754 135

This is for the 2010 season and there are several points to be made. First, as you can see Pryor's more pro-style offense made him attempt more passes, yet Newton's prolific rushing totals (the thing that made his season so special) are almost double those of Pryor, which is also due to that fact that he ran the ball almost exactly twice as much as Pryor.

So maybe it's not too far off to speculate that if Pryor had went to a school which took advantage of his skill set he might have had a Newton-like career.

Statistics being what they are, it is also important to look at what Pryor could mean for Buffalo. The main reason this is a no-brainer is because the Bills can get a similar player in tools and packaging as the first overall pick in the NFL draft for a fraction of the cost. The Buffalo brain trust will likely do their due diligence in at least "kicking the tires," so to speak, on Pryor.

One thing that has to be of a benefit to Pryor is the fact that he is coming out of a pro-style offense so it is easier to project how he will be as a pro and also to pinpoint where he needs the most development.

Any team that Pryor goes to will have a lot of game tape to break down and tendencies that they can isolate and refine due to his extensive playing time in three seasons as a starter. Perhaps, however, the best thing about Pryor entering the league this way is the low level of expectations. Some writers are even speculating that Pryor wouldn't be a top pick in the supplemental draft if it were to happen.

A shrewd move like this would be something that would allow Buffalo to pick up a developmental quarterback without the burgeoning pressure of having to play him before he is ready.

An interesting aspect that can also be looked at is the fact that Buffalo, who happens to be one of the best teams in the league at developing players and making position changes work (George Wilson, Eric Wood, Jason Peters etc.) could switch his position if he is not the quarterback for them. Pryor has the size and athleticism to make that transition to tight end or wide receiver, although I think that tight end would be the best fit for him if a transition were to take place.

So all in all, Pryor to Buffalo could be a good fit for both the team and the player, but if it's not, Buffalo still invests little for the chance at a lot.