Terrelle Pryor, the embattled Ohio State quarterback, is reportedly having thoughts about backing out of his promise to Jim Tressel to remain with the team for his senior season. The National Football Post reported, citing a source, that Terrelle Pryor is about 60-40 in his decision to stay in Columbus.
Pryor’s other option is to go the route of the NFL supplemental draft, which is designed to allow underclassmen who didn’t petition the NFL for early entry a way to make themselves eligible for the NFL.
Pryor is a dubious member of the Buckeye Five. The five members of the Ohio State football team that are suspended the first five games of the 2011 season.
The irony of the news is that it comes on the heels of Notre Dame announcing troubled wide receiver, Michael Floyd, is allowed to stay in South Bend to finish his career. While Brian Kelly has not announced Floyd’s return to participation with the team or any pending sanctions, one would believe Floyd will be playing this fall for the Irish.
If Pryor does enter the supplemental draft and a team selects him, that team would be required to give up a pick in the corresponding round in the next year’s draft. This is assuming that a new CBA is reached. If not, there will be no supplemental draft and no talk of Terrelle Pryor or Michael Floyd entering the NFL in 2011.
In a weekly conference call, ESPN draft guru, Mel Kiper projected Pryor as a tight end in the NFL. “I’ve thought all along he was a tight end,” Kiper said.
It would appear that a position change is the only way Pryor is considered by NFL teams, whether it be the 2011 supplemental draft or the 2012 NFL Draft. Pryor’s maturity issues and mechanical issues make him a long shot of producing as an NFL quarterback.