Terrelle Pryor: Now Leaving Ohio State, He Should Think About His Options

Jordan HeckContributor IIIJune 7, 2011

Pryor should keep all of his options open.
Pryor should keep all of his options open.Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

With news that quarterback Terrelle Pryor is not returning to play at Ohio State, it leaves us wondering—what will he do now?

Pryor's No. 1 destination is the National Football League, there's no question about that. But with the NFL and the NFLPA still arguing on how to split $9 billion dollars, Pryor has to decide what's best for his future.

Ohio State coach Luke Fickell said Pryor, "intends to pursue a professional career." That's where the United Football League comes into play.

The UFL is entering its third year as a professional football league. In fact, the Omaha Nighthawks are beginning their mini-camp June 8, the first professional football team to do so since the Super Bowl. The league has ex-NFL coaches such as Marty Schottenheimer, Jerry Glanville and Jim Fassel, and the league has also signed multiple former NFL players. 

The league has also seen their players contribute in the NFL after their success in the UFL. Most notably, running back Dominic Rhodes was signed by the Indianapolis Colts after his time with the Florida Tuskers last season. Rhodes played a significant role in the late stretch to get the Colts into the NFL playoffs. 

Obviously the UFL isn't Pryor's only option.

He can still apply himself for the NFL's supplemental draft. The only problem is NFL scouts haven't had the chance to get personal with Pryor, so the chances of him being taken in the supplemental draft go down. After all, teams would be using a 2012 NFL Draft selection in order to select a player who has multiple question marks.

Not only that, but many NFL scouts even wonder if Pryor can be a starting NFL quarterback. Just a few days ago, CBS Sports reported that a scout questioned Pryor's, "accuracy and poise" as a quarterback, and one of them called Pryor a, "basketball player playing football."

Pryor could show how his skills can translate in a professional football league if he is to sign with a UFL team. It isn't a bad plan for the talented quarterback, as it keeps him out of the NFL labor mess and puts him in a position to show what he can do in a professional football league.