Terrelle Pryor is someone else’s project after the speed-obsessed Raiders (gasp!) took the former Ohio State and Jeannette High quarterback in the third round of the supplemental draft.
It wouldn’t have made sense for the Steelers to take Pryor in the first three rounds since they hope to find starters in that part of the draft.
That is something that Pryor would have never become in Pittsburgh unless anyone is delusional enough to think the Steelers could have groomed him as a possible successor to Ben Roethlisberger.
Pryor’s athleticism, and it is off the charts, makes him an intriguing player for which to design sub-packages while he learns to play quarterback in the NFL.
But I also heard people at the Steelers’ headquarters talking about the same thing after Pittsburgh took Dennis Dixon in the fifth round of the 2008 draft.
It sounds good in theory. It also looks good on paper, plays that take advantage of athletic, multi-talented quarterbacks and throw something at opponents for which they have not prepared.
But it doesn’t translate if you’re the Steelers since such gimmicks generally take the ball out of the hands of Roethlisberger, their best playmaker on offense.
That is why I wouldn’t have considered using anything higher than a fifth-round pick on Pryor, who some might say received additional punishment for his NCAA transgressions when the Raiders picked him.
“Put the past behind and move forward!” Steelers free safety Ryan Clark wrote on his Twitter account. “There’s a place for you homie!”
Just not with the hometown team.
– Scott Brown