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"I would be surprised if somebody took him before the fifth round in a supplemental draft," said ESPN college-football analyst Chris Spielman, a former All-American linebacker at Ohio State who played 11 years in the NFL. "That's the obvious statement that you're not ready to play (but) you'll maybe have an opportunity to grow into the job. Right now, he's not close. That's not to say he can't get there, but right now he's not ready to play at all in the NFL."
Greg Frey, a standout Ohio State QB from 1987-90, also has some doubts about Pryor.
"The big question I think everybody wants to know is, can he play in the NFL? Yes. But there's got to be some growth, certainly, from a fundamental standpoint and a maturity standpoint," he said.
Almost everyone agrees Pryor needs to improve his passing motion and arm strength and make dramatic improvement in reading defenses.
"From what I can see of the NFL game there are a lot of progression-type reads where you have to see the whole field. And that takes a special quarterback," Frey said.
Many Buckeyes fans are happy Pryor is gone after three years of victories but accompanying controversies. He put down opponents, berated teammates and sometimes acted with an air of entitlement. Ultimately, his departure makes it easier to start over after the NCAA finishes its business.
Brandt wonders if Pryor might have just looked so superior back in high school in Jeannette, Pa., because he was bigger, stronger and faster than everyone else.
"What happens with guys like him, we get players who are 17 going on 22," Brandt said.
But that doesn't explain his Ohio State numbers: 2,164 rushing yards, 6,177 passing yards, 57 touchdown passes and two BCS bowl game MVP awards.
Now Pryor is in the process of hiring a trainer and an agent to prepare for his run at the NFL.
Pryor's high school coach, Ray Reitz, has no question that he will make it.
"I hear all these analysts say he's a project. He's this. He's that," he said. "That's all paper talk. Put him out there and see if 31 teams don't want him.
"All it takes is one."
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