One of the most intriguing collegiate players entering the NFL July supplemental draft is Terrell Pryor. There are more articles and opinions circulating the Internet as to where he may land, than one could hope to read in on rainy Saturday. Of the articles I've managed to get through, a recurring theme present in analyst's opinion of Pryor, is that he fits the Kordell Stewart mold. He possesses the physical attributes to help a team in many different ways. The best comparison I can make to a current Jets player, is Brad Smith, who happens to be a free agent.
They compare similarly in their game, both were mobile quarterbacks in college, but Pryor has the physical edge. Brad Smith checks in at six feet two inches and 212 pounds. Pryor comes in at six foot six inches and 233 pounds. In looking at their production at the collegiate level, they're are some differences. Pryor's passing numbers are impressive with a 144.6% QB rating, compared to Smiths 114.1%, many could say he played with a better supporting cast. The flip side of that argument is that Pryor played in the tougher conference, against staunch defenders. In 33 games at Ohio Pryor amassed 57 passing touchdowns and 26 interception with 2,164 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Smith by comparison left Missouri with 56 passing TDs, 33 interceptions; 4,289 yards rushing and 45 rushing touchdowns. In looking at numbers alone you can see that Smith was a far greater threat on the ground than Pryor, but the former Ohio signal caller can more than hold his own.
This leads me to the Jets potential interest in Pryor with supplemental draft around the corner. While most GM's around the league seem to be playing down Pryor's value to most media outlets, those in the know feel he could be a strong fit with Gang Green and I agree. He most certainly won't be returning kicks, Jeremy Kerley should fall into that role, he can fill a large offensive void left by the possible departure of Brad Smith. I'm sure Brian Schottenheimer is salivating at the thought of having a player with the shear size and athletic ability of Pryor lining up in the backfield for the Seminole/wildcat formations. Pryor also has the physical gift to fill in as a fourth or fifth wide receiver thus increasing his value.
The Jets have had their fair share of well documented draft blunders, but this hasn't deterred Mike Tannenbaum from making a splash on draft day in recent years. Should a team select Pryor in this years supplemental draft, that team will be forfeiting the corresponding pick in the 2012 NFL Draft,. Meaning, should a team select him in, say, the second round the team then gives up their second round pick next year. I'm sure a team will surprise everyone and take him ahead of analyst's projections, but should he fall to an acceptable range (third or fourth round in my estimation) don't be surprised if the Jets pull the trigger and take a chance on him. For clear disclosure, I am not opposed to him joining Gang Green. Rex and company has shown they are not afraid to bring players with questionable backgrounds on board.
One thing that I am looking forward to is June 30th's "QB Camp" with John Gruden on ESPN. Terrelle Pryor will be stepping into Gruden's world giving us a little insight into what he is capable of physically and mentally. This is a great stage for Pryor to continue to show remorse for the situation he left behind at Ohio and to display his on field abilities. I know I'll be tuning in at nine pm to watch it.
I'd like to know your thoughts, should the Jets take an aggressive stance and go after Pryor?