Cleveland Browns: 5 Reasons Why They Shouldn't Draft Terrelle Pryor
The NFL draft has already taken place, but for those collegiate players who found themselves undecided until now—or left their school in a heap of trouble, there's the supplemental draft. With the supplemental draft comes college football's most controversial name in Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor, after promising to remain at Ohio State for his senior season jumped ship after Jim Tressel was forced to resign. In an attempt to jump start his football career, Pryor has hired perhaps the most renown agent in sports--none other than Drew Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus thinks Pryor is nothing less than a first-round pick, while scouts have the quarterback projected as a third-rounder.
Aside from the fact that he hasn't come close to proving himself as NFL caliber, Pryor carries with him an unearned ego, and off-field distractions an NFL coach would pull his hair out about. That being said, Browns president Mike Holmgren is strict, and although he likes the luxury of having extra quarterbacks on the roster, Pryor would probably hold the clipboard in 2011.
Why else should the Cleveland Browns stay away from Terrelle Pryor? Let's dig in...
5. Seneca Wallace Is Already a Better Backup
Here's a minor reason to avoid Pryor, hence its position at No. 5.
Wallace has seen time as the starter for Cleveland, and the fact that he played under Mike Holmgren while in Seattle and knows the West Coast Offense makes the decision easier for Cleveland.
Although 2011 is essentially a trial for Colt McCoy, an injury gives Wallace—a somewhat a experienced veteran, the reigns to the team. He already knows the playbook, and has also expressed his hunger and desire to regain the starting job.
It doesn't take someone smart to know that if Colt McCoy isn't the guy for Cleveland this season, the Browns won't fight the fire with a younger and less experienced quarterback. Oh, by the way, McCoy already beaten Pryor in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl—further solidifying the argument.
At least Wallace might be able to step in, and still provide the guys in the huddle with some confidence, knowing that its coming from a veteran.
4. Fan Reaction
As seen with other Browns quarterbacks (Tim Couch), fan criticism can be something taken to heart playing in a place so passionate as Cleveland.
Perhaps the difference between Ohio State fans and Browns fans is the fact that after a while, if the Browns keep losing, they'll hear about it from the crowd. Despite how lackluster Pryor may have been, Ohio Stadium was never unenthusiastic on Saturdays, because every college kid wants to win.
Perhaps the question here is whether Pryor will be able to handle the pressure of playing in the NFL after dealing with so much scrutiny to this point. Many Browns fans are also Buckeyes fans, and these days, most Buckeyes fans are not fond of Pryor.
Cleveland fans are diehard, because above all this city cares most about its football. Pryor already has the odds stacked against him, because even if he doesn't play quarterback, fans will be looking for his mistakes.
He's burned bridges in Ohio already, so Cleveland might not be Pryor's best option.
3. Talented, but Probably Not as a Quarterback
With all that's already happened to him, it's probably OK to call Terrelle Pryor stubborn. He's decided to hire a coach and enter the supplemental draft as a quarterback, shying away from the idea of playing another position.
Pryor without a doubt has the height and speed to succeed as a wildcat threat, or a WR/TE hybrid. He had perhaps the best athletic ability out of any quarterback in the NCAA, and although he wants to play in the pros, Pryor might not be willing to try a new position.
Browns fans know the biggest hole in the offense is clearly the receiving corps, and a guy with Pryor's abilities can make an immediate impact in the passing game. With all of that being said, Pryor doesn't have any experience playing anywhere else on the field, and he probably doesn't have the heart to either.
Second chances don't usually mean you choose your own circumstances, because it's about being grateful. Pryor wants to have his cake, and eat it, too.
2. Pryor Is Unproven as a Quarterback
He won a Rose Bowl, and just recently had his Sugar Bowl win vacated, but Terrelle Pyor didn't by any means prove he can succeed in the NFL while at Ohio State.
Today's NFL is a quarterback's league, filled with mostly great pocket passers who will kill you with their arm rather than relying on scrambling. Here is where Pryor finds himself in the biggest predicament. He never had a strong throwing arm, and often made poor decisions in the pocket.
Let's look at some statistics... His completion percentage (65) in 2010 was nice, but deceiving. Against premiere opponents like Miami, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arkansas, he completed between 44 percent and 56 percent of his passes. Clearly, Pryor didn't exactly rise to the occasion in big games. His poor decision-making will be the biggest problem if the Browns draft him into the West Coast Offense.
The WCO requires a quarterback who can make pinpoint throws on shorter and intermediate routes, and occasionally make the big play. Colt McCoy set completion percentage records while at Texas, and stayed consistent every week.
Pryor is currently enlisted with a quarterback coach to help revise his throwing form, further signifying how much work he has to do.
1. This Is Colt McCoy's Time
Plain and simple, Cleveland Browns fans are anxious to see if Colt McCoy is the real deal.
In order to ensure McCoy can perform optimally, it might be best for Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert to avoid drafting a rookie quarterback, simply so McCoy has a clear head.
McCoy has about a half season of experience already, and beat Super Bowl winners in Tom Brady's Patriots and Drew Brees' Saints. Even in his first game against Pittsburgh, McCoy impressed with 280 yards and a touchdown.
Nobody should have any doubt that McCoy would beat out Pryor in a quarterback competition for the starting job, but why take away valuable time for Colt to prove himself?
McCoy has recently been holding workouts with his teammates, and has voiced how he hopes to transcend Cleveland's franchise, and carry on his winning attitude from Texas. Cleveland needs a consistent quarterback, and most of the city's fans are already behind McCoy.
Where we currently stand, Pryor can't be seen as anything more than a virus to an NFL locker room. As mentioned, he already fell victim to McCoy in college, and at the moment, he doesn't deserve the chance to best him again.