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Terrelle Pryor, the Bucs and the supplemental draft

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Disgraced former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will learn his fate today as the NFL conducts its supplemental draft. Pryor is one of several players available, but he's likely to be the first and, perhaps, only player taken.

So, what are the chances the Bucs will consider using a pick on Pryor? We know they were one of 17 teams that had representatives at Pryor's pro day on Saturday. But that doesn't mean anything in and of itself.

For a better sense of whether the Bucs would consider using pick on Pryor, let's consider some other factors.

For starters, the Bucs obviously have a franchise quarterback, Josh Freeman. Any conversation about quarterbacks must start there. Clearly, there is not an overwhelming need. Instead, the Bucs likely would view Pryor as a long-term project who could possibly become a reliable backup to Freeman. That's a consideration for the Bucs because Josh Johnson's contract expires after the season and he'll be an unrestricted free agent. There's little chance he'll remain a Buc once he hits the market given the number of teams searching for quarterbacks and Johnson's desire to compete for a starting job.

But with reports suggesting Pryor could be selected as early as the third round, that seems a high price to pay for a quarterback you don't intend to play. There are less expensive ways to acquire backup quarterbacks. A handful of competent quarterbacks are available as undrafted free agents every year. And veteran backups can be had for relatively modest salaries. A mid-round pick could reap the Bucs the next Mike Williams in next year's draft, so to sacrifice such a pick for Pryor just doesn't seem necessary.

There are several possible destinations for Pryor, including places like Miami and Buffalo. But the one area the Bucs don't have to make any desperate decisions is the position that's most important: quarterback.

UPDATE: Pryor was selected by the Raiders in the third round.

[Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2011 4:06pm]

    

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