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NFL Network’s Mayock Says Pryor Worth a Fourth-Round Pick

Appearing on NFL Network’s Wednesday edition of Total Access, respected draft analysts Mike Mayock spoke about Terrelle Pryor’s NFL prospects, but before we get to Mayock’s levelheaded and well-reasoned evaluation, a quick trip in the time machine.

Tuesday, Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, convened a press conference to offer up his own scouting report on his client.

“For anybody who questions where he’s going to be drafted, I expect him to be a first-round pick in the supplemental draft. This league needs quarterbacks. Are you kidding me? Middle round for this guy? You talk about Cam Newton being the first pick of the draft and he deserves it? Let me tell you what, I’ll make all the comparisons all day long: [Pryor] is 31-4 at Ohio State. He has 8,000 total yards in three years. He holds 59 touchdowns — a record at Ohio State. This is Big 10 football that he has dominated. He is going to be a great NFL quarterback.”

Back on earth, Mayock shared his thoughts on Pryor. “Nobody is better than Drew Rosenhaus in driving perceived value. Now, that’s his job and I have no problem with that. Sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value if he can get enough people talking about [Pryor] as a first-round pick. Watched four hours of tape yesterday, and I only did three games. Off my tape evaluation, if I’m Vegas Vic, I set the over-under line at the fourth round. Can somebody take him in the third round? Absolutely. The value for [Pryor] as a rookie is in packages. In other words, I think the New York Jets are the best wildcat team in the NFL. Why? Because Brad Smith can throw the football just well enough to keep you honest. And I think that’s what this kid can do. He can be a package quarterback Year 1 while you develop his skill set. Is he raw? Absolutely. Does he have a lot to work on? Yes, he does. And that doesn’t even get into all the intangibles off the field.”

As for those off-the-field issues, Mayock thinks that the short timeframe between now and the supplemental draft will ultimately hurt Pryor in two areas.

One: “Off-the-field intangibles and how well are teams willing to get to know this kid. And No. 2: look at Colin Kaepernick, who’s kind of a similar big kid, great athlete. He got himself up into the high second round. Now he’s got a cannon for an arm, but he also had the benefit of the process, meaning he played in the Senior Bowl, he went to the combine, he went through his pro day, all the teams got to know him. The San Francisco 49ers fell in love with his upside and took him as a high second-round pick. Terrelle Pryor does not have the advantage of the process a) to clear his name, and b) to show us that he can drive the football with accuracy.” This is a far cry from Rosenhaus’ “first-round pick” decree Tuesday, although it reinforces Mayock’s earlier point that “sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value.”

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