With the Supplemental Draft at 1pm today the big name being talked about is Terrelle Pryor. And the Miami Dolphins are one of a handful of teams being linked to Pryor as a realistic landing spot. And if I am Jeff Ireland I would go for it and try and land this kid.
First and foremost would I give up a 1st or 2nd round pick for Pryor? Of course not, but when Round 4 starts I would be willing to give up a pick. My fellow DolphinsTalk blogger Ken said he wants to hold onto picks for ammunition to move up in next year’s draft to land a quarterback. I don’t know which NFL Ken watches but to move up in Rd 1 of an NFL Draft you don’t use 5th and 6th round picks. That takes 1st, 2nd, and future 1st round picks. No team will slide down in Round 1 for some crappy 4th, 5th and 6th round picks as part of a package. So let’s not hold onto these mid to late round draft picks like they are gold, they aren’t! Let’s break down recent 4th, 5th, and 6th round picks by Jeff Ireland. They are John Nalbone, Nolan Carroll, Donald Thomas, Jalen Parmalee, Shawn Murphy, and Andrew Gardner. Sure he has had some “hits” in there but there have been a lot of misses. The only guy out of the above mentioned still on the Dolphins today is Carroll and he is on the brink of being cut in a week or two. So, I don’t want to hear about wasted draft picks because from Round 4 on its worth the risk.
Second, it seems like Pryor finally has his life straightened out. He said he won’t appeal the 5-game suspension he is facing. Pryor said he is willing to play any position the team that drafts him wants him to play. And most importantly he showed up to his pro day on Saturday in tip-top shape and put on an outstanding display. To sum it up, this kid wants it and he is acting mature. He is acting on the field and off the field like a professional should act.
Last but not least, Pryor can help the Dolphins win games. Maybe not this year (at least right away) but big picture he can help the Dolphins win games. He is a much better player than Pat Devlin so off the bat you have your 3rd string QB and someone to groom for down the road. Much more upside with Pryor in every way, shape, and form. Also, the kid is an athlete in every sense of the word. He can help you on special teams, he can run the wild-cat formation for a handful of plays, he can line up under center at the goal-line giving defenses another worry of a legit threat of a QB sneak. Hell, at 6’6” and 233 lbs if he can bulk up another 10-15 pounds he could be groomed to be a tight end. One with 4.3 speed! He is taller than guys like Greg Olsen and Anthony Fasano and those guys only go 250-255 lbs.
Pryor makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins in many ways. I won’t be heartbroken if the Fins don’t get him and I won’t be going crazy if we do draft him, but I feel Miami should seriously consider adding this kid. I mean let’s be honest, how different is Terrelle Pryor’s skill set than Cam Newton’s? Neither are "classic quarterbacks," and Newton went #1 overall in the draft. The opportunity to add Pryor in round 4, 5, or 6…Ireland has got to pull the trigger on that. Pryor can help this team down the road and is worth the minor investment of a mid to late round draft pick.