25 May 2009
I did this blog post about Pryor on April 6th.
<<<We always want to compare Terrelle Pryor to Vince Young. There are so many similarities that the comparison is a good one and tells us alot about Pryor. It goes beyond their athletic ability. They are very comparable in size. I remember who fans took the pictures of Pryor that circulated on the internet of some testing done prior to fall camp. Fans were surprised at how big he is. Not just tall. He is big just like Young. Both were not the most polished passers coming out of high school. That is where I see Pryor becoming something Vince Young has not yet become. I think Pryor can become a complete quarterback. I think he can be the prototype for a new generation of quarterbacks.
My first impressions of Pryor as a junior was he could never be a quarterback for a top 20 program. His motion was such that I did not think he could iron it enough to be effective. I saw him again as a senior and could see just how much he had progressed. He was not there yet but he had made a leap that I thought put him securely in the quarterback position and no longer an athlete. I saw Young as a high school senior. He was still looking more like an athlete than a quarterback to me. Last year Pryor threw the ball even better. There were times when he looked like he was well on his way to being a finished product. Consistency is his biggest problem. Young was still a kid that I stated at the time was a Hall of Famer but not as a quarterback as late of his sophmore year. I did not see a quarterback until he was a junior. Pryor is past that. He is a couple of years ahead of Young, a top 5 pick that could still be worthy of that pick if he becomes the mentally tough player who led his team to a game winning touchdown to win the national championship. When Pryor throws the ball every time like he throws it on occasion he becomes the most dangerous player in the game.<<<<
This was before the spring game. I watched the spring game again for the third time. I focused on Pryor for the first time. I kept reviewing in my mind the throw at the end of the half for a touchdown that nobody is soon going to forget. I asked myself was that a fluke. As I watch the game I see he threw the ball all day that well. It was just how spectacular the throw was that made it such a focal point. He was accurate and threw with great velocity all day. Tight spirals. He does have a hitch in his delivery, but would you still call it an ackward delivery? I wouldn't. The last line of that April 6th blog is what has me excited. I saw Pryor step much closer to being the most dangerous player in the game. The athletic quarterbacks we are seeing emerge are still so dependent on their legs. The one who becomes more dangerous with his arm than his legs becomes the next generation. The quarterback I saw in the spring game is further down that road than I thought he would be.
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