He's only a sophomore. We probably won't be seeing Terrelle Pryor on Sundays for a while yet. He's gifted, but raw. At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, he will certainly be one huge enigma on draft day — the kind of polarizing prospect that comes around every few years.
Is Pryor another Vince Young, or something the league truly has never seen before?
The Bills will chip away at this mystery Saturday.
Scout.com's Chris Steuber has learned that Buffalo will have a scout at No. 11 Ohio State's game at Toledo this weekend. Steuber has also informed the BFR that the Bills will have scouts at the Ole Miss-SE Louisiana and Indiana/Akron games. One week after getting a look at Texas' Colt McCoy, Buffalo should get a good feel for Pryor and Mississippi's Jevan Snead on Saturday.
Pryor hasn't walked on water at Ohio State quite yet. So far in his first full year as the starter, his stock has gyrated like gas prices. At times, he's the chosen one Buckeye fans hoped for. Other times, he's been erratic.
Last week, Pryor was vaulted into the national spotlight against USC. Facing steady pressure from the Trojans all night, Pryor had mixed results. He went 11-of-25 for 177 yards with an interception and also ran 10 times for 36 yards.
Pryor managed the game fairly well throughout — in reality, Ohio State should have won. But ultimately, he was upstaged by USC freshman Matt Barkley. The Trojans' 19-year-old quarterback engineered a 14-play, 86-yard drive to beat the Buckeyes, 18-15. After knifing through USC's defense at critical moments during the game, Pryor finished with a dud. He couldn't keep the Buckeyes' offense on the field, going 2-of-8 for nine yards.
So, we're left waiting and wondering if Pryor is really a new concoction of size, speed and talent. Here is some great stuff in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Pryor's progression from his QB coach at Ohio State. Among other things, he says "It's harder being the quarterback here at Ohio State than it is being the Cleveland Browns quarterback or the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback. All eyes are on you."
Against Toledo, Pryor should be able to rebound. While Trent Edwards' stock is rising after last week, there's no harm in keeping a keen eye on the future. Buffalo wants to get a good feel for the quarterback classes coming up over the next couple years. There's a good chance Pryor does not stay in Columbus for four years whenever he finally converts his potential to production.
Pryor has the hype. But Snead could be the guy the Bills are really sliding under the microscope. Scout Matt Hand will be on, well, hand for this one.
Forget a blindside blitz. The Ole Miss quarterback has battled something much scarier. A bye week should have helped Snead and his teammates recoup, though the team has been fairly quiet on the issue.
Snead surprisingly struggled in No. 5 Ole Miss' opener at Memphis. The strong-armed prototype was 12-of-22 for 175 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. Not the type of numbers you expect from a Heisman hopeful.
Still, his draft stock remains high. He has the arm strength of Matthew Stafford with an equally high ceiling. No quarterback in the country, aside from Sam Bradford, has a quicker release than Snead. He shined in the cutthroat SEC last year, upsetting the eventual-champion Florida Gators. It'll take an awful year for Snead to slip out of first-round draft status.
So with this game, Buffalo gets a rare chance to see how Snead responds to adversity. The swine flu. The rough opener. The hype. How can Snead bounce back from a lukewarm start? The Bills will find out, albeit against inferior competition.
Here are some other top-notch prospects Buffalo will get to see this weekend:
Greg Hardy, Ole Miss The Ole Miss defensive end is slotted in the top five in early-bird big boards everywhere. He had 8.5 sacks in nine games last year. Unfortunately for the Bills, it looks like Hardy will probably miss Saturday's game with a high ankle sprain. He's listed as "doubtful." It'd be smart for Buffalo to come back for another look at Hardy when's healthy. You could build an entire defense around Aaron Maybin and Greg Hardy on the edge. Scary. Footage here.
Demetrius McCray, Indiana Don't look now but the Hoosiers are 2-0. OK, it came against pastries. But still, McCray was a horse last week against Western Michigan. Indiana's senior running back had 134 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. He'll have a stiff test this weekend against Akron. The Zips boast a tough run defense that shut down Penn State's Evan Royster a couple weeks ago. If McCray puts together a solid senior year, he should sneak into draft discussions.
Deryn Bowser, Akron Wide receiver has been light's out so far. He caught three touchdowns last week against Morgan State. And the week prior, he averaged 21 yards per catch on three receptions against Penn State. He might be a small-school sleeper come next April. Keep an eye on Bowser.
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