Former NFL general manager on Terrelle Pryor: 'Basically, he's Josh Gordon without the drama'
Terrelle Pryor tried to be a quarterback in the NFL, but it never panned out.
As a wide receiver, however, he’s flourished – especially with the Cleveland Browns this season. So far through just six games, Pryor has caught 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns.
In his latest game, against the Tennessee Titans, Pryor caught nine passes and scored twice. With his recent success, NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks decided to see what experts around the NFL thought of the former Ohio State signal caller.
“He honestly looks the part for Cleveland,” said a current NFC assistant director of pro personnel. “He is a freakish athlete, and he’s made plays despite being relatively new to the position. He can be a No. 1 for the Browns, but I think he’s probably a No. 2 or No. 3 for most teams. I think he’s an ascending player, though.”
Those are some kind words, but others raved about Pryor even further.
“He’s big, fast and explosive,” one former NFL general manager said. “He’s a dynamic athlete with all of the tools needed to dominate on the perimeter. He’s far from a finished product, but the upside is tremendous. … Basically, he’s Josh Gordon without the drama.”
Being compared to Josh Gordon from a pure football standpoint is quite the statement. Back in 2013, when Gordon was at his best, he logged 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
“He has rare talent,” a current AFC pro personnel director said. “He obviously has some things he needs to clean up, but he’s long, fast, athletic, with leaping ability and body control. He definitely could get there — it’s too bad that he didn’t embrace the move to wide receiver from the start.”
That’s a scary thought. Even though Pryor is 27-years-old, in his first real season as a receiver, he has been a difference-maker. The Browns aren’t a talented team, but the former Buckeye is doing what he can.
What if Pryor had started off his NFL career as a wide receiver? Would he actually be at the same level as All-Pro receivers such as Josh Gordon?
Brooks’ full article on Pryor can be read here.