Terrelle Pryor has left Ohio State football and is pondering what to do next.
Pryor is still under investigation by the NCAA, and although he left Ohio State under dubious conditions, he could still have a bright future in football.
There is speculation that the young signal-caller could apply for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, but his best option would be to try a stint in the United Football League.
Here are reasons why a stint in the UFL would be a good thing for Pryor.
Pryor needs to put the scandal at Ohio State behind him. Until the investigation is complete and the punishment has been handed down to the university, the cloud will still hang over him.
Sooner or later though, the scandal will die down, and Pryor will be able to focus on football. But until that happens, the UFL will be a great spot for the youngster to play. The UFL will provide Pryor with many more things than just a place to hide out until the scandal dies down.
A quick stint in the UFL would give Pryor time to reflect on his college career and his future. Pryor is only 21 years old and needs to mature.
Time in the UFL would be exactly what he needs as he matures into a better player and a better person.
Pryor has played well in his college career, but his game still needs work.
ESPN reported that Pryor could work with quarterback specialist George Whitfield. Whitfield worked with Cam Newton and has become the go-to quarterback whisperer in the league.
Working with Whitfield and other talented trainers and coaches will only help improve his game.
Pryor became famous as a quarterback in college football, but those talents may not translate well to the NFL.
The UFL would allow him to try his skills out at other positions or prove his worth as a quarterback. If he could find success in the UFL as a quarterback, it could pave the way for Pryor to play the same position in the NFL.
Right now Pryor is an enigma to NFL front offices. He has the athleticism to get some interest, and he undoubtedly would be selected by a team.
That selection would be a minor risk for many teams, therefore it would come with minimum money. If Pryor spent a year in the UFL, he could show NFL teams what he has to offer to increase his value and his bottom line.
Pryor would be better off in the UFL than if he went north to play for the Canadian Football League. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have the negotiating rights to Pryor and have reached out to the young quarterback, but if he went to the CFL, it would be a mistake.
If a player decides to sign with the CFL, it is a two-year window that would lock Pryor in, and that is not something he would want with an eye on playing in the NFL.
The UFL is littered with ex-NFL coaches such as Marty Schottenheimer, Dennis Green, Jim Fassell and Jerry Glanville.
These coaches have worked in the NFL and still have ties to people in the league. This could give Pryor an edge as he prepares for the next level.
Pryor should consider the UFL the minor leagues of the NFL; play for a year and refine his skills as he matures as a young man. He can work with individuals who will improve his game and who have strong ties to the NFL.
Most importantly, he can prove his worth and raise his stock in the NFL.
The UFL is the best move for Pryor, and one year in the league could make all the difference.
James Brown is a B/R Featured Columnist. Feel free to contact James at email@example.com.