Tuesday, May 31, 2011
NFL Mock Draft: Supplemental Edition
Now that the inevitable Jim Tressel resignation has come down, the next in line to take the fall for the transgressions of Ohio State could be quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Already suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, it might be best for all parties involved if Pryor just go ahead and call it a college career, especially amid reports that the NCAA has launched an independent probe of Pryor himself. Assuming he would even be allowed to play in 2011, it would be interesting to see what kind of reaction Pryor would get from the Buckeye faithful. It’s not hard to imagine Pryor becoming the lightning rod for those angry with the Tressel exit, as he has been the most noteworthy of the athletes involved in the scandal. There is no need for Pryor to delay his NFL career any further and all would be best served if he were to enter the supplemental draft. With that in mind we take a look at some potential landing spots for him.
Washington Redskins: The Donovan McNabb experiment has failed miserably and with John Beck or Rex Grossman in line to start heading into the season, many Redskins fans looked for Mike Shanahan and company to take a quarterback early in the draft. Frustrated when that didn’t come to fruition, the ‘Skins could get another chance to address the position getting a dynamic athlete at a potentially lower price.
Arizona Cardinals: A team that has all the pieces to contend, especially in a weak NFC West, except at quarterback. If you read the tea leaves though, the Cardinals are most likely waiting for the ongoing lockout to be resolved and to make a play for Eagles backup Kevin Kolb who would be more ready to step in and make the Cards a viable squad.
Minnesota Vikings: A veteran laden team that is also in position to win now. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see McNabb end up here, however, if they could grab Pryor at a discount and develop him behind Donovan for a few years, Leslie Frazier could kill two birds with one stone.
Miami Dolphins: Like Redskins fans, Dolphins fans waited and waited during the draft for their team to address the quarterback position. The coaching staff and front office gave a vote of confidence to incumbent Chad Henne by instead trying to surround him with some talent on the offensive side of the ball. Pryor could be a nice fit in a run-first Miami scheme.
Buffalo Bills: When it was obvious that the Bills had no shot at drafting Cam Newton, they shifted their attention in the draft to rebuilding their defense. Pryor and Newton are similar in stature and athleticism and the Bills might be hard pressed to not spend a third round pick on someone they could tool their offense around.