With Terrelle Pryor now eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft, fans everywhere are wondering which team will pick him up.
Word on the street appears to point to teams with a very clear need at quarterback, such as the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, who have all expressed interest in Pryor.
But is it possible that a team with seemingly no need for a starter at quarterback could be interested in Pryor. And with the free agency spending spree that the Philadelphia Eagles had gone on—signing Nnamdi Asomugha when they already had Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cullen Jenkins when their defensive tackles were already solid, and Steve Smith when they seemingly already have wide receiver depth—would it really surprise anyone to see the Eagles take Terrelle Pryor?
I can already envision the arguments against this. The Eagles already have three quarterbacks, and most importantly they already have Vince Young to back up Michael Vick. There is no need to add Pryor to their roster. However, Andy Reid is a coach who loves to develop quarterbacks and turn them into trade. Recent Philadelphia Eagles history also shows the Eagles like to sign high-talent players, with alleged character issues, and mold them into effective players.
It was certainly true with Vick. And now they have signed Young. Why can’t Pryor be next?
Reid and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg are two of best when it comes to developing quarterbacks. And Pryor would certainly make sense for the Eagles offense—his most valuable asset would be his arm strength, as he has the ability to complete passes all across the field, and his scrambling abilities are excellent.
As Reid was able to develop Donovan McNabb as a scrambler and into an elite quarterback, there is little reason to believe that he cannot do the same for Pryor.
And Mornhinweg would be able to further develop Pryor by improving his accuracy and passing form as he did with Vick. If Mornhinweg could develop Pryor into a decent passer to go along with his already incredibly athletic talent, Pryor would develop into a fine quarterback and a multi-faced threat. Just like Vick, he would have incredible running ability to complement a good throwing arm.
While many would claim that to operate the West Coast offense effectively Pryor is not nearly accurate enough, that is not entirely true. Reid and Mornhinweg have never ran a traditional West Coast offense in Philadelphia. Rather than relying upon short and intermediate passes, the two prefer to complete longer passes, especially long bombs to their speedsters in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
It may be a long shot to expect the Eagles to sign Terrelle Pryor, but with the aggressiveness of their offseason, their track record of developing quarterbacks to trade and the possibility of needing another quarterback for depth, should Vince Young be cut due to locker room issues, it is very possible that the Eagles are at least considering this move at this moment.