Weeks of speculation concerning the NFL Supplemental Draft will come to a close tomorrow, and I think it is safe to say that all eyes will be on Terrelle Pryor.
Depending on who you ask, one of the leading contenders to land the kid seems to be the Pittsburgh Steelers. I'll admit this is a bit shocking because the old adage is usually about how the Steelers avoid guys with character issues.
Investing a high draft pick in this kid—even if it's a 2012 pick—would certainly send a signal that it's about getting the players you feel give you the best chance to win, regardless of their background.
Is that the message the Steelers are prepared to send?
I've been reading multiple news outlets and many think some team will deem Pryor worth a second- or third-round pick. It's hard to argue either way, as the kid is 6'5" and ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.
If you are going to burn a third-round pick on this kid, he's going to be guaranteed a roster spot. The question now becomes: Who is going to lose a spot to him on the roster? Keep in mind, you would be without him for five games because of a suspension.
At quarterback, you have Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch already competing for a roster spot. If you are going to bring in Pryor to be the third quarterback, which two are you cutting to fit him on the roster?
If you are eyeing him as a running back, that would certainly mean the end of Jonathan Dwyer's time as a Steeler.
How about wide receiver, where the Steelers are already facing some tough cuts? You already have a strong receiving corps, with Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery—plus Arnaz Battle and Tyler Grisham—competing for a spot.
The Steelers don't just throw away picks, so they'd have to be sure of what they are getting.
I'll admit, I am curious to see what kind of role he can fill in the NFL, but there's a lot of baggage that comes with him. Tales of his arrogance and how he may or may not be a team player don't make me very easy as a fan of the black and gold.
I've learned not to doubt the moves Kevin Colbert makes in his attempts to make this team a Super Bowl contender. If he thinks Pryor can help the team, then he is probably right.
I just hope if the move is made that the price was worth it.
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