Although there seems to be considerable doubt about where former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will continue his football career, it appears he will be able to rely on the advice of some professional counselors.
No deal for representation had yet been struck by Friday morning, but The Sports Xchange has confirmed that at least one agent has spoken directly to Pryor since the player announced he will bypass his final season of eligibility and leave the Buckeyes. (Update: Pryor will be represented by Drew Rosenhaus). Furthermore, The Sports Xchange has learned that Pryor has reached out, via text messages, to at least two other prominent agents, both of whom are still deciding whether or not they want to become involved with him. At least one more well-known agent has texted or left messages for Pryor, seeking an audience with him.
The signs remain that Pryor will strongly consider petitioning the NFL for the supplemental draft. James said this week that Pryor has ruled out the CFL, and the going contract rate in the UFL is $40,000-$50,000, considerably less than the rookie minimum in the NFL. In fact, despite a report that "the money will be about the same" if Pryor opted for the CFL or UFL, that's hardly the case. And it's doubtless any NFL franchise would forfeit its corresponding choice in the 2011 draft unless it planned to retain Pryor as a developmental project.
Even practice squad money in the NFL would be more than the UFL is paying. Some observers disagree, but the consensus seems to be that Pryor - even though he has more experience than Cam Newton, similar size and athleticism, and possesses some of the same skills-set -- would be a fourth- or fifth-round choice in a supplemental draft.
There has not, by the way, been a quarterback chosen in the supplemental draft since 1992, when the New York Giants tabbed Dave Brown in the first round. In fact, the past five quarterbacks chosen - Brown, Steve Walsh (1989), Timm Rosenbach ('89), Bernie Kosar ('85), and Dave Wilson ('81) - were all first-rounders.
Follow the leader: To this point, speculation about the five suspended OSU players has primarily focused on Pryor, and that's understandable, given his position and his prominence and name value. But a source close to the Buckeyes program said on Thursday night he anticipated "at least one more" of the suspended players to leave school for the pros. The four other players are: offensive tackle Mike Adams, tailback Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, and defensive end Solomon Thomas. Of the group, Adams, who probably needs a little more size but projects to the prized left tackle spot, seems to be the highest regarded in discussions with NFL talent evaluators.
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.
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