Terrelle Pryor has reportedly begun the work of rehabilitating his image and public persona and, toward that end, The Sports Xchange has learned that the former Ohio State quarterback will take another significant step in that direction this week.
Pryor is expected to meet in coming days with retired NFL personnel executive Ken Herock in South Florida, possibly as early as Thursday.
A longtime league general manager and personnel director, Herock is the founder of ProPrep, a service that prepares draft eligible players for interviews with potential NFL suitors. Herock does not rehearse players for the interviews, but in one-on-one sessions with prospects, counsels them about what to expect in meetings with club executives. The bulk of his work occurs in the weeks preceding the annual February combine workouts.
It is expected that NFL talent evaluators will closely investigate the circumstances under which Pryor allegedly received benefits that violated NCAA regulations, and which prompted him to leave school two weeks ago. Pryor, 22, is expected to apply for entry into the NFL's supplemental draft. The special-cases lottery has yet to be scheduled, but normally is held in July, about 10 days before training camps open.
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Any team conducting its due diligence on Pryor is almost certainly going to want to meet with him in advance of the supplemental draft.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus circulated to various media outlets on Wednesday a video showing Pryor throwing to NFL wide receivers Chad Ochocinco of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown during a workout. Not much could be determined from the video but, even if it could be, Pryor is still going to have to satisfactorily address with scouts any concerns about his alleged off-field problems.
While he could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, Herock may be able to help in that regard. The veteran personnel chief tailors his sessions to individual players, but his one constant typically is that prospects must come clean to possible suitors, since NFL scouts are very likely to unearth answers anyway. Herock has worked with Rosenhaus clients in the past.
Herock generally does not work with clients in the on-field part of the game and, despite his long tenure in the league, usually does not evaluate that component of a prospect's skills-set.
It is believed that Pryor will work out Thursday with Ochocinco and possibly free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress, the former New York Giants star who was recently released from jail after serving 20 months for illegal possession of a handgun. Both men are represented by Rosenhaus. Ochocinco last week offered a strong endorsement of Pryor.
In three seasons at Ohio State, Pryor completed 477 of 783 passes for 6,177 yards, with 57 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions. He also rushed 436 times for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The early consensus on Pryor is that he will be a middle-round choice at best in the supplemental draft, but Rosenhaus predicted last week his client will be chosen in the first round. No quarterback has been taken in the supplemental draft since 1992, when the New York Giants chose Dave Brown in the first round.
Len Pasquarelli is a Senior NFL Writer for The Sports Xchange. He has covered the NFL for 33 years and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. His NFL coverage earned recognition as the winner of the McCann Award for distinguished reporting in 2008.