Mike Mayock of the NFL Network recently forecasted Pryor as a middle-round selection in next month’s NFL supplemental draft and as a Wildcat possibility. “I would set the over/under line on the fourth round,” Mayock said.
“He can be a package quarterback Year 1 while you develop his skills set,” Mayock said. “Is he raw? Absolutely. Does he have a lot to work on? Yes, he does. That doesn’t even get into all the intangibles off the field.”
Those intangibles include leaving Ohio State after reportedly receiving off-the-field benefits, part of a widespread culture of NCAA violations that led to the resignation of coach Jim Tressel. We’re guessing Gruden doesn’t devote much time to those elements of Pryor’s background, and instead focuses on his inability to accurately and consistently deliver the football to receivers on the run.