Terrelle Pryor: The New York Jets and 6 Possible Landing Spots
As we all know, Terrelle Pryor will be entering the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft after escaping from Ohio State.
With the NFL lockout still in place, it isn't certain if or when this draft will happen. However, because the regular NFL Draft proceeded as normal under the lockout, it's safe to say the same for July's supplemental draft.
There is no question that Pryor isn't ready to start in the NFL right now. Rookies taken in the supplemental draft are almost never starters on opening weekend, and he'll need time to develop.
Therefore, the team acquiring Pryor will have him learn behind a veteran for several seasons.
Let's see which teams are potential bidders for the former Ohio State standout.
1. New York Jets
Still, the Jets give Pryor a good situation to step into.
Backup quarterback Mark Brunell isn't getting any younger. Kellen Clemens and rookie Greg McElroy will likely compete for the third spot. This would allow Pryor to refine his game behind the scenes.
One thing that cannot be ignored about Pryor is his athleticism. Although he won't see much playing time under center, the Jets can create a special package for Pryor the same way they do with Brad Smith.
Finally, Rex Ryan and the Jets organization have no problems taking players with character issues if they can do well on the field.
2. Dallas Cowboys
Like the New York Jets, the Dallas Cowboys are willing to add players with questionable character to their roster if they are talented enough.
Tony Romo and Jon Kitna are both established veterans capable of helping Terrelle Pryor develop.
Both veterans, especially Romo, still have enough in the tank to prevent Pryor from being rushed out onto the field.
Head coach Jason Garrett can also teach him some things; he was an NFL quarterback himself.
3. Cleveland Browns
He got the most out of an offense that lacked weapons, and gets a lot of credit for Sam Bradford living up to the hype as the first overall pick.
The Browns are hoping he can do the same with Colt McCoy.
Adding Terrelle Pryor into the mix would evoke mixed feelings given that he would still be in Ohio, but he could benefit from being on a team heading in the right direction.
Nothing is a given with the Browns; they have to earn everything they get. This can instill in Pryor the good attitude and work ethic that are crucial to succeeding in the NFL.
4. San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, while Billy Volek is a solid veteran backup.
However, they are the only two quarterbacks currently on San Diego's roster. Rivers is still in his prime, but Volek is 35 years old.
The Chargers need a third quarterback.
They can easily sign a free agent, but taking on Terrelle Pryor as a project is also an option.
They can develop Pryor until they can get draft picks in return for him, like they did with Charlie Whitehurst.
5. Miami Dolphins
Who better to tutor Terrelle Pryor than Chad Pennington?
The oft-injured veteran has more time on his hands since he isn't the starter. He also sets a great example with all the intangibles he brings to the table.
If the Dolphins acquire Pryor in the supplemental draft, it's most likely because they couldn't make a splash via trades or free agency.
In that case, Chad Henne would get another shot at spearheading the breakout season Dolphins fans have been so desperately waiting for.
6. St. Louis Rams
There are many bad things people can say about Josh McDaniels and his horrible stint as head coach with the Denver Broncos.
One thing they must admit, however, is that McDaniels is a magician when it comes to offense. He turned Kyle Orton and Matt Cassel from unknowns to recognizable names across the league.
With the St. Louis Rams, McDaniels is back in his element as offensive coordinator.
He is also one heck of a quarterbacks coach.
Terrelle Pryor could become NFL-ready faster than expected if the Rams and McDaniels acquire him.