Since the days of Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow Jr., the Cleveland Browns have lacked the type of receiver that they can rely on.
Sure, Josh Gordon is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL today, but factor in his drug-related issues and speeding occurences, and he’s a deceptive player who just gets into the wrong situation at the worst time. And not knowing if he’ll ever suit up for the Browns is something that won’t be known until next season.
While Pyror has yet to take a snap at wide receiver in a preseason game for the Browns this season, he has things certain characteristics that you cannot teach any athlete.
- Athleticism – Playing quarterback his entire life, Pryor was able to overcome opponents with his freakish athleticism. Rushing for over 2,000 yards in his three seasons at Ohio State, he shouldn’t have any problem adjusting to the position, at least based on his speed.
- Height – Speaks for itself. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver should be able to adjust in his new position. But never playing wide receiver in his career and only having committed to the posistion this past off-season, he shouldn’t have much of an impact, as he’s only a project for now.
- Ability to play multiple positions – a facet more known in the college game, but with the Browns current quarterback situation and Johnny Manziel’s sore shoulder, it would be wise to keep Pryor as the teams third quarterback. And having played for Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in Oakland as the quartetbacks coach can only help his chance, should the Browns carry three quarterbacks into the season opener against the New York Jets.
On Monday, the Browns cut WR Shane Wynn, leaving 10 receivers on the current roster. Dwayne Bowe, Taylor Gabriel, Josh Gordon, Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins are the only locks to make the team.
Fourth round draft pick Vince Mayle could be one of the remaing five receivers on the team to be cut and placed on the practice squad, after his performance in his three preseason games. But like Pryor, Mayle is considered a project. He’s only 6-foot-2 and has only played at the wide receiver position for the past couple seasons at Washington State, but he has the talent to be special.
If Pryor does make the 2015 Clevland Browns roster, it won’t be because the team plans on using him at quarterback, he proved his worth or that he can play position. He’ll make the team because the coaching staff believes they can develop his raw talent in a bonifide NFL caliber wide receiver.
And should he not make the Browns, some other team will pick Pryor up. Coming out of Ohio State in the 2011 NFL Supplemental draft, teams had considered drafting Pryor, as long as he was committed to changing his position to wide receiver. At the time, the Browns were one of those teams, but under different management and ownership.