Where Will Terrelle Pryor Be Selected? 2011 Supplemental Draft Preview

Dan HopeContributor IIIAugust 22, 2011

Where Will Terrelle Pryor Be Selected? 2011 Supplemental Draft Preview

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    After weeks of speculation over when this year’s NFL supplemental draft would be held and whether former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor would be eligible, the wait is over. Pryor is eligible, and the supplemental draft will be held on Monday, August 21st.

    There are six players eligible for the 2011 NFL supplemental draft. I have graded and ranked each of them.

1. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State

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    Height: 6’5’’ Weight: 240

    Round Projection: Fifth Round

    Hate Terrelle or love Terrelle (as a loyal Buckeye, I am airing on the side of hatred), it is undeniable that he is a tremendous athlete with high upside. However, it also cannot be denied that Pryor has trouble with passing accuracy, which is the most important attribute for a quarterback, and may be better suited to play another position in the National Football League.

    Pryor’s story is really unfortunate. Over the past couple of years, I really felt that Pryor had the potential to develop into a first-round draft prospect. Pryor is a special athlete, with prototypical quarterback size, tremendous speed and athleticism, and a strong arm. However, Pryor has yet to get to the point of being a consistently accurate passer.

    While I am not sure Pryor ever would have become the caliber of prospect I thought he would during his sophomore season, another year at Ohio State may have gone a long way in his development. Instead, Pryor has now become the next in the ever-growing line of disgraced college football stars. While Pryor does have high upside, he remains a raw talent.

    Additionally, his character and maturity appear not to be very high, which are important traits for a quarterback in his role as a team leader. A quarterback must handle themselves in a manner in which they command respect from their entire team, and I am not sure Pryor is capable of doing that.

    Pryor faces a five-game suspension from the National Football League following the supplemental draft, but this should not adversely affect his draft status. He is a developmental project who would not be expected to contribute early this season anyways, and certainly not at the quarterback position. However, there is talk of whether Pryor would be best suited by converting to the wide receiver position.

    Those prospects are certainly intriguing. At 6'5" with 4.4 40-yard dash speed, Pryor possesses a rare combination of size and speed. While his receiving skills are certainly unknown, he did play the position some in high school, and if he is willing to take repetitions at the position, converting him to wide receiver may be a developmental project worth taking on.

    Pryor is certainly a talented athlete, who as at times looked like a great quarterback during his three years at Ohio State. However, given his struggles with accuracy, unpolished game, and character concerns, Pryor should not be taken higher than Round 5.

    His upside makes him worth taking a chance on in that round, but selecting him higher than that is too risky, considering he may be averse to playing another position than quarterback, and may never be able to contribute in the National Football League, which would likely be a result of poor character and work ethic.

    Late Addition: While I answered when he will be drafted, it was brought to my attention that I failed to answer where he will be drafted. There were 17 teams at his Pro Day, so there are many potentially interested parties. Numerous teams will submit a Round 5 bid for him, but it would not be a surprise if a team that really likes Pryor ends up bidding their fourth-round selection to get him.

    The team that stands out to me would be the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis's love of speed dominates the Raiders' personnel decisions, and Davis is absolutely enticed by a 6-foot-5 man with 4.4 speed. The Raiders certainly need to upgrade at the quarterback position, so Pryor would be a good developmental prospect, although I could certainly them trying to make Terrelle a wide receiver as well.

    Another team to keep an eye on is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have major needs offensively, especially at the quarterback position. The Bengals have become a ridiculously unpredictable organization of late, so it would not surprise me if they put in a Round 4 bid for Pryor, but they also have a great shot of getting him in Round 5. They sit fourth in the draft order, and it is unlikely that the Panthers, Broncos, or Bills would be interested.

    One more potential destination I see is the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones loves to make a splash with controversial big-name players. Pryor would fit that bill, and the Cowboys could either develop him as a quarterback behind Tony Romo, or attempt to make him a wideout to improve their receiving corps.

2. Michael McAdoo, DE, North Carolina

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    Height: 6’6’’ Weight: 248

    Grade: 6th-7th Round

    Michael McAdoo is an intriguing prospect in the 2011 NFL supplemental draft. McAdoo was one of many players from the University of North Carolina who were suspended for all of last season having received improper benefits. This spring, investigators found that McAdoo had committed academic misconduct, resulting in a permanent ban from the NCAA.

    McAdoo’s suspension was certainly overshadowed by those of his higher-profile UNC teammates, including Robert Quinn, a first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, along with Marvin Austin and Greg Little, both second-round selections in this past draft. McAdoo showed potential as a pass rusher in his sophomore season, but never established himself as a starter.

    McAdoo is an athletic defensive end with a tremendous 6'6" frame, which certainly gives him upside. However, he is completely a developmental project. At 248 pounds, he certainly needs to bulk up in order to play in the National Football League, and having been only a situational player in college, it is hard to believe he could be anything more at the next level.

    That being said, a team drafting McAdoo will likely do so with the intention of developing him into a situational pass rusher. His combination of height and athletic ability is certainly intriguing, and he did have seven tackles for loss in a limited role in his sophomore season. Considering McAdoo’s potential as a pass rusher, I think he is worth giving up a sixth or seventh-round draft selection to take a chance on him, and I believe that a team will do so.

3. Tracy Wilson, SS, Northern Illinois

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    Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 203

    Grade: 7th RoundUndrafted

    Tracy Wilson had a very good sophomore season for the Northern Illinois Huskies, but after an injury-riddled and unproductive junior season, he is unlikely to be selected in the supplemental draft. That being said, Wilson should be considered by a few teams as a seventh-round choice or as a free agent pickup.

    While he is not a great athlete for the safety position, he has good size and tackles effectively. His upside is limited, but he may be able to stick as a backup safety and special teams player. Although, he may be a longshot to make a roster considering he would be going to a team halfway through the preseason.

4. Caleb King, RB, Georgia

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    Height: 5’11’’ Weight: 218

    Grade: 7th Round—Undrafted

    Caleb King was a very highly touted recruit out of high school, but he never lived up to the hype while at Georgia. His unremarkable years with the Bulldogs came to an end this spring, for he was ruled academically ineligible.

    King is a decent power back, but after a relatively unproductive collegiate career, it is hard to see a team using a draft pick to select him in this supplemental draft. He is a longshot to make it as an NFL running back, but a team should give him a chance as an undrafted free agent.

5. Keenan Mace, DE, Lindenwood

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    Height: 6’4’’ Weight: 315

    Grade: 7th Round—Undrafted

    Keenan Mace’s story is certainly an unusual one. Following his career at Lindenwood University, at which he only played two seasons, Mace played this past season for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Following the lockout, the Dallas Cowboys attempted to sign Mace. However, there was one complication: Mace had not yet gone through the NFL Draft process, making him ineligible to sign a contract with an NFL team. 

    Admittedly, I knew nothing about Mace prior to Sunday. However, Mace is actually a legitimate draft prospect. Finding video footage of Mace was scarce; I watched the one video available of him, which was a YouTube that appears to have been produced by him. What was clear is that Mace does have a very good combination of size and athleticism, and is an intriguing developmental prospect.

    On the other hand, he is very raw, and comes from much lower levels of competition of NCAA Division II and the IFL. He should go undrafted, but considering the Cowboys’ clear interest, I would not be surprised if they use their seventh-round choice to draft him. Otherwise, a another interested team may do so knowing that the Cowboys will sign him if he hits free agency.

    Conclusively, I like the way he projects developmentally as a 3-4 defensive end. I am not sure, however, that he is worth using a draft pick on to keep him away from the Dallas Cowboys, or for the Cowboys to ensure they are able to bring him in. They may have been looking at him primarily as a camp body anyway.

6. Torez Jones, CB, Western Carolina

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    Height: 5’11’’ Weight: 178

    Grade: Undrafted

    Torez Jones is a good athlete, and was productive at the FCS level. However, while he was a playmaker in coverage, he is very inconsistent, a weak tackler and very thin.

    Jones’s game does not project well to the National Football League; he may be able to earn a tryout from a team, but that should be the extent for him. It will come as a complete surprise if he is selected in the supplemental draft.