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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Take a flyer on Terrelle Pryor?

By Dan Graziano

Strolling through the mailbag on a slow Groundhog Day Wednesday, I came across several different variations on this same question.

Phil from Fairfax, Va: "What if Terrelle Pryor decides to enter the supplemental draft, should the Redskins try and get him?"

Terrelle Pryor
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor might be asked to switch positions when he enters the NFL.
Thanks, Phil (and others). I love me some mailbag-generated content. I have done some poking around on this issue, talked to some people who might know what's up, and this is a point-by-point rundown of what I have learned and what I think.
Now, in terms of what this means for the Redskins, I would say that it's important to recognize that Pryor would not be the answer at quarterback next season. He needs more development at the position, and that's to say nothing of the character concerns he brings with him. Those who would compare him to Cam Newton must remember that he lacks Newton's on-field achievements and that he's the one at the center of his eligibility controversy, whereas with Newton it was his father. Drafting Pryor in the supplemental draft would not solve the Redskins' quarterback issues for whatever portion of the 2011-12 season ends up being played.

If Mike Shanahan and the Redskins believe Pryor is their quarterback of the future, then maybe he's worth a mid-round supplemental pick. But next year's draft (again, assuming there is one) is QB-rich, and the Redskins look as if they might be in position to secure a high pick in that draft. So if they're looking at Pryor as a long-range quarterback prospect, they'll probably have to decide where he ranks among guys like Andrew Luck, Landry Jones and Matt Barkley.

However, the Redskins could use some help at receiver, too. And if they like Pryor's athleticism enough to believe he can make that conversion -- and who knows, maybe one day down the road learn enough about quarterback to play there -- then maybe be starts to make sense around the fourth or fifth round of the supplemental draft.

Given the Redskins' needs, any surprise new addition to the talent pool in the middle of the summer would seem, at the very least, to be worth considering.