With Jim Tressel hanging up his sweater vest at OSU amid allegations that numerous players sold memorabilia for tattoos – there is a distinct possibility that QB Terrell Pryor could have taken his last snaps as a Buckeye.
The senior QB is already suspended for the first 5 games and additonal penalties could be on the horizon. Although the claims surfaced before the Sugar Bowl all of the alleged players were allowed to play in the bowl game (questionable NCAA decision making at its finest).
One has to think that Prior might considered tossing his name into the the supplemental draft that is now expected to be held in July. Teams with less than six wins in 2010 (Carolina, Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Denver) are given priority and they then determine which round they value a player at. If awarded the player in the supplemental draft the team will forfeit that round pick in the 2012 Draft.
WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) could also consider to same move as his 3rd alcohol arrest has status for the 2011 season in serious jeopardy (although head coach Brian Kelley has yet to declare him ineligible).
In their 2012 mock draft, Draftsite.com has WR Michael Floyd going #42 to Houston and QB Terrelle Pryor at #17 to Oakland.
Walterfootball.com has Michael Floyd as the #6 ranked WR for the 2012 draft (projected 2nd rounder).
Walterfootball.com has Terrelle Pryor as the 8th ranked QB for the 2012 draft. Walt expectes the Ohio State QB won’t hear his name called until the 3rd or 4th round.
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Its never too early to start projected next season’s draft crop of offensive skill players. We might not even have to wait until next April if Pryor and Floyd decide that its time to skip out on their senior seasonand make themselves available for the supplemental draft.
Of the two, Floyd is likely to be on more fantasy radars depending on where he lands as Pryor has battled inconsistency and accuracy concerns that make him more of project at the next level despite his elite athleticism. Despite the question marks , we can’t rule out the Raiders taking a shot on Prior early in the draft as he fits the mold of an Al Davis gamble (Jason Campbell is a 2012 free agent).
Floyd has ideal size to succeed at the next level provided he finds some off the field maturity. The 6-3, 228 pounder could be an immediate impact player especially in the red zone and has the skill set to be a first rounder. Injury concerns could drop his draft stock (battled a hamstring injury) but there is no knocking his upside. He had 79 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2010. Through three seasons, Floyd ranks 1st in touchdowns , 2nd in career receptions and 3rd in receiving yards in Notre Dame history.