A press conference that lasted just around ten mintues featured Drew Rosenhaus doing what he does best for about 95% of the time, and Terrelle Pryor doing what he does worst for 97 seconds. Talking.
Let’s face it, anyone that has followed the Buckeyes over the last few years knows that Pryor’s biggest strengths do not include eloquence with words. He was kept away from the media on a regular basis to avoid gaffes and to protect himself, well from himself. Ultimately it didn’t matter. As he mentioned today he was sorry for his mistakes, and spoke about doing what he can to be a better person. The words were the correct ones but you could tell by his delivery, or reading, that he was either nervous or insincere. But that’s not what I took away from the day’s events. My mind about Terrelle Pryor and his college playing career has been made up, I know what I saw over the last few years, and I’m sure I’ll be learning more about any of his transgressions over the next few months.
What I thought of most today was this was probably the first “right” move Terrelle has made in the last few months. Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of Drew Rosenhaus but if you were a talented athlete with a shaky past and questionable skills you would roughly be considered the fixer upper at the used car lot. You’ve got potential, but no one is going to put a big investment into you. So what do you need? A great car salesman. Like it or not Rosenhaus is the best there is for pro athletes. Pryor will do what he’s supposed to until the supplemental draft (assuming there is one) and he’ll workout with other Rosenhaus clients. Stories will leak, like the one today from OchoCinco, that he’s better than expected, he can definitely help an NFL team etc. Even though every other talking head and opinionated sports personality will say his best chance is to change positions, which I agree with. Then once the draft date is set Rosenhaus will do his best sales job and probably even hold another press conference or sit down interview for Terrelle so he can show off how much he’s been rehabilitated (read as coached) off the field as well. Then some team will take a flyer on him. Will it actually be a 1st round choice like Rosenhaus has projected? Probably not. But getting a team to draft him and take him seriously as an NFL QB is a monumental task already. If there’s any agent that can pull off this circus magic it certainly is Rosenhaus. Remember he’s the same guy that was able to turn Willis McGahee and his backward fitting knee into a first round pick.
So step right up folks. The main show is moving towards center stage.
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