The Miami Dolphins want to add a quarterback before the start of the 2011 season. General manager Jeff Ireland has said as much. So, too, has coach Tony Sparano. It’s no secret the Dolphins both need a quarterback and want a quarterback who can challenge Chad Henne for the starting job.
And it’s no secret that one of the most statistically productive college quarterbacks of the last couple of seasons is making himself available in the NFL’s supplemental draft
Let's look at the positives and negatives of this guy to help see if Pryor's worth the risk:
- he was a proven winner in college. The three teams Pryor played on at Ohio State went 33-5.
- he put up impressive numbers. In three seasons in Columbus, Pryor completed better than 60 percent of his passes for 6,177 yards. He threw for 57 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He was especially productive in 2010, when he completed 210 of his 323 attempts for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns. He threw just 11 interceptions.
- he’s a gifted athlete. That can’t be denied. In addition to what he did throwing, Pryor also ran for at least 631 yards in each of his collegiate seasons. Overall he ran for 2,164 yards.
- not perceived as a leader. According to reports, Pryor might have operated on his own of rules at Ohio State. Whether that’s an accurate portrayal or not, who knows – Pryor didn’t take questions last week after making his only public comments since January. Even so, one former teammate described Pryor as a "punk" in a report published by ESPN. Not good.
- questions about whether he can play at the next level. This is the most important negative of all. There are plenty of concerns about how Pryor’s game will translate into the NFL. He overmatched lesser competition in college because of his athleticism. He won’t have that overwhelming advantage in the NFL. So can he do enough of the other things well enough
- reading defenses, improvising, making quick adjustments at the line of scrimmage – to be a successful NFL quarterback?
As we can see Pryor's negatives outweigh the positives. Pryor was never looked upon as a future NFL prospect but one thing is certain, he is an extraordinary athlete. However, athletic ability can only carry you so far
So should we take a risk on Terrell Pryor?