Detroit Lions: Terrelle Pryor the Answer to Backup QB Questions?

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Detroit Lions: Terrelle Pryor the Answer to Backup QB Questions?
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The Detroit Lions are set at quarterback, so why would they be interested in Terrelle Pryor?

Well for one, Matt Stafford has a heck of a time staying healthy. For the first time in years, Detroit is going into the season with the talent to make a playoff run.

I'm not saying they will make a playoff run, but the talent is finally there. Within a few years, the Lions should be an annual contender.

It's 100 percent too early to call Stafford injury-prone, but some people are starting to lean in that direction.

When Stafford got hurt last season, his own teammate (Zack Follet) called him a "china doll."

So it would make sense that the Lions would go after Pryor if they felt he was an improvement over Shaun Hill.

Pryor is undoubtedly more athletic than Hill, who took over for Stafford last season and threw for 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Hill certainly wasn't awful, but he also isn't capable of taking the Lions to the playoffs.

If the Lions were to find themselves with a playoff shot and a hurt Stafford, they could always trade for a more competent starter.

Pryor is a gamble, but some team is going to think he is worth the risk.

One issue for the Lions would be evaluating how high of a draft pick they would be willing to give up for a backup quarterback.

To get Pryor, they would probably have to be willing to give up a pick somewhere in the third to fifth round.

In all likelihood, the Lions won't go after Pryor, especially since they aren't a team likely to flip him over to tight end if he fails to show promise as an NFL quarterback.

The Lions' tight end situation is pretty much set, with both Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler performing well in 2010.

Pryor is going to be a project, and the Lions aren't in a great position to give up a draft pick to get him.

It's much more likely that a team like the Browns, Bills, 49ers or Dolphins would be willing to take the chance on Pryor.

The only real scenario where the Lions should seriously consider Pryor is if they think they can get him for a sixth- or seventh-round pick, but at that point, several teams would be interested.

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