College: Ohio State
40 Time: 4.55
*Note: Grades are on a scale of 1 to 5*
Has a strong arm and is capable of making all the throws. He shows the ability to put touch on passes to the flats and knows to zip passes over the middle although he is still inconsistent in this area. Doesn’t have great velocity on his throws however and some of his deep balls tend to float despite his naturally strong arm. This is a mechanical issue as he’s often throwing off his back foot and off-balance. Will dangerously lob deep balls in double coverage that can easily be picked off.
Erratic is a perfect word to describe his accuracy. You will not be an accurate passer unless you have proper mechanics and Pryor does not. He can’t consistently hit receivers in stride. For the most part he throws the ball in the vicinity of the receiver and hope he makes a play. He misses on intermediate routes often and his deep balls are usually jump balls that can go either way. Under pressure his accuracy gets even worse because his footwork gets worse. He’ll need a ton of work on his mechanics before he can become an accurate passer.
By far his best asset. Can be dangerous when he takes off with the ball. Has a good burst and has deceptive speed because of his size. His size makes it tough for defensive backs to tackle him and he has showed a pretty nasty stiff arm at times. Does a good job of avoiding sacks in the backfield. Will lower his shoulder to try and pick up the first down. At times falls in love with his ability to run and misses open receivers as a result. Needs to do a better job of securing the ball both in the pocket and when scrambling.
Makes some very bad decisions at times and at best is very inconsistent in this department. Doesn’t usually go through his progressions and will instead look to run if his primary target is not open. Tends to stare down his target until he’s open. Decision making gets even worse when he’s pressured. Will routinely throw off his back foot and off-balance and force passes. He may get away with this in college but he will be a pick machine in the NFL if he does not improve. Commits himself to running before properly scanning the field a lot of times as well. Lacks the proper knowledge of timing routes and really struggles in this area. He doesn’t anticipate throws and throws passes late to open receivers. This again is likely to lead to a lot of interceptions in the NFL.
Very poor overall mechanics. Is experienced taking snaps from under center but still lacks the fundamental footwork for his drop backs. He can’t properly do a 3,5 or 7 step drop back. He takes unnecessary steps when coming out from under center which ultimately slows his drop back and throws off the timing. Is inconsistent with his planting foot and at times will over extend and put his body at an awkward angle ultimately leading to inaccurate passes. Fails to step into his throws and often times just tries to push the ball down field. Drops his elbow upon release but it’s not a major problem to his game.
I was a bit surprised to see that Pryor for the most part handles himself pretty well in the pocket. When he has time he stays in the pocket (although he still has horrendous footwork), but he’s not a much better passer. He still won’t go through his progressions so it really just buys him more time to stare down his receiver and hope he gets open. He can elude sacks and he does have a pretty good feel for pressure. His timing is poor and he still scrambles when he doesn’t have to but he does have some positives to build off of in this area.
Not exactly a saint off the field but hasn’t gotten in trouble with the law. Was part of the scandal at Ohio State and received a 5 game suspension but chose to enter the supplemental draft instead of dealing with the consequences. Known to be immature and his heart and dedication to improve have been questioned. Has recently undergone foot surgery as well. Some say he has the ability to play wide receiver but we don’t know if he’s willing to try it out. It would up his value a little bit to some teams that see potential in a 6’5 WR that runs a 4.5.
Overall Draft Grade – 6th/7th Round
Terrelle Pryor is a project. He’s nowhere near where he needs to be as a passer to have any success in the NFL. As of right now hes a 3rd stringer who you let sit and hope he develops one day. The potential is there but you can barely see the light at the end of the tunnel right now. It will take him at least a year or two in the NFL before he’ll be able to fight for a starting spot. I just don’t see him having much success in the NFL. He’s in the same class as someone like Joe Webb who is an incredible athlete but ultimately might have to move to WR. Webb did everything he was asked to do, even return kicks, and he manged to stick on the roster and ended up getting a shot. That’s the same path Pryor needs to take. If he goes in with a lackadaisical attitude because he thinks he’s a superstar, he won’t last long in this league.