With the preseason in full swing and training camps starting, one stone remains still unturned. The NFL dupplemental draft will be taking place Monday, August 22. The marquis player in the supplemental draft this season is former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor is a player that many Cleveland fans are familiar with because of OSU's proximity to the city. Indeed, many Browns fans are also Buckeye fans.
It was reported by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Browns had sent a representative to Pryor's Pro Day this past Saturday. It was also reported that former Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel was at Pryor's Pro Day as well.
There's no doubting Pryor's athletic abilities. He is 6'6", 250 lbs and ran a reported 4.36 40-yard dash. It is also important to note that Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said that Terrelle will play any position that he is asked to.
While I'm sure Pryor would like to stay a QB in the league, it's looking like the main appeal of Pryor is his athleticism and size, because he would be a project if put at any position other than QB. That alone is why the Browns were not the only team at the former Buckeye's Pro Day.
With the uncertainty at receiver for the Browns, it certainly makes Pryor look awfully hard to pass up. A big physical receiver like Pryor could really help the team, even if he would be a huge project. The problem is, Pryor would not be able to play or practice with the team for the first five weeks of the season, at the request of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The five-week ban is certainly a punishment, but one that is lessened by the fact that Pryor is not expected to make an impact on any team that drafts him this upcoming season.
It is interesting to note that Terrelle's agent Rosenhaus has a good relationship with Browns' GM Tom Heckert based on other players Heckert has worked with.
Pryor is certainly worth trying to bid on. To get Pryor, the Browns would realistically have to bid a third-round draft pick—a rather steep price.
The blow of losing a third-round pick is lessened by the fact that the Browns hold an extra fourth-round pick and that Pryor would be eleven weeks and one whole offseason ahead of whoever the Browns would have drafted in the third round next season.
In the end, I think it's worth trying to convert Pryor to receiver or possibly tight end based on his freakish abilities. The Browns drafted second-round pick Greg Little on talent alone after he sat his entire senior season out because of his misconduct at North Carolina.
Whether or not Pryor is brought in will depend entirely on whether they liked what they saw at his Pro Day and whether or not they feel that giving up a pick in the early to mid-rounds is worth someone of Pryor's talent.