ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. doesn't believe Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will play that position in the NFL.
On a conference call Thursday, McShay said Pryor is better suited for receiver in the pros. Pryor will miss the first five games of his senior season due to NCAA suspension.
"I've viewed him as a wide receiver prospect more than a quarterback prospect,'' McShay said. "I think he's so far off in terms of decision-making, being comfortable in the pocket, being able to go through the progression reads, with his mechanics and consistent accuracy from where you need to be as a quarterback.
"He would probably be the eighth- or ninth-best prospect in this year's class if you were evaluating him as a quarterback who could potentially make the move to wide receiver if it doesn't work out at quarterback. At best he would be a third-round pick.''
Pryor is not participating in spring practice following surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left foot. According to The Latern, OSU coach Jim Tressel said Wednesday that Pryor should be "back running around at the first of May and he can kind of stand still throwing the ball.''
Tressel does not agree with McShay and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. that Pryor won't play quarterback in the NFL. Kiper predicts Pryor will be a tight end.
While he's suspended, McShay said Pryor needs plenty of work on his mechanics.
"In the abbreviated season, he needs to show between now and then that he has worked on his mechanics, become more comfortable in the pocket, more consistent with his footwork, which ultimately will lead to more consistency with his accuracy,'' McShay said. "He's so far off where he needs to be in that regard, but he's such a great athlete, I do think he'll end up getting drafted in the middle rounds.''