Pryor in first round? If so, say no AFC West

Drew Rosenhaus is doing what he does best. He’s in full spin mode.

With a reputation for working tirelessly and loyally for his clients, Rosenhaus is doing the same for Terrelle Pryor. At a news conference Tuesday, Rosenhaus said the embattled former Ohio State quarterback should be a first-round pick. Pryor is planning to enter the NFL supplemental draft, which is expected to take place next month.

Many NFL observers believe Pryor will be a mid-to-late-round pick. Pryor is supremely athletic, but he is not an accurate passer and he needs much more polish. There have even been projections that the 6-foot-6, 232 pounds, the fleet-footed Pryor could be a receiver in the NFL.

Thus, with character issues off the field and position issues on the field, Pryor could have a difficult time becoming a first-round pick in the supplemental draft. But Rosenhaus is a seller. He has accomplished things that seemed highly unlikely before.

Two weeks ago, we looked at the possibility of Pryor landing in the AFC West. If any of the teams in the division use a 2012 first-round pick on Pryor, I’d be shocked. He just wouldn’t be worth it. He doesn’t appear to be an immediate impact player worth mortgaging a priority future pick to acquire. A fourth-round pick is different story. But if a team like the Raiders, who many league observers think could be a favorite to take Pryor, uses their first-round pick on Pryor, it would be a mistake.

I think the timing is poor for Pryor as far as being a first-round pick. Teams usually don’t get overly worked up about the supplemental draft opposed to the April draft. We see teams reach all the time (see Jake Locker and Christian Ponder) for quarterbacks. Teams spend so much time on the draft and when it rolls around, adrenaline and temptation often take over and teams grab a quarterback too early.

Those elements aren’t part of the supplemental draft. So, Pryor might have to wait longer than Rosenhaus thinks. If he doesn’t and a team jumps on him in the first round, that team is putting itself in an instant tough spot.