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The Ravens drafted Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith back in 2006, and ESPN’s John Clayton believes there is a chance they pick up another Buckeye.
Now that Terrelle Pryor has officially announced his intention to enter this year’s supplemental draft, the only catch is that the Ravens would have to convince him to be a receiver.
Clayton placed Baltimore on his short list of teams that would be interested in the uber-talented and somewhat-troubled prospect if he would be willing to play another position, largely because of the presence of respected veteran Anquan Boldin.
“If you can talk him into being a wide receiver, there is no better guy to be around than Anquan Boldin,” Clayton told BaltimoreRavens.com. “Having Boldin coach him up – and I know this from talking with [Arizona Cardinals receivers] Early Doucet and Steve Breaston – his influence on wide receivers is as good as anybody in football. Maybe the best in the last several years.
“The guy is absolutely amazing. If you follow what Anquan does, you become better.”
Pryor, who gave up his senior season amid scandal, was 31-4 as a starter, with one bowl game start as a receiver. He rushed for an Ohio State quarterback record 2,164 yards and passed for 6,177 more. And, he holds school marks for seven games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
But, Pryor’s 6-foot-6, 233-pound frame and elite athleticism have many analysts wondering if he would be best suited to split out wide at the next level.
Clayton isn’t so sure teams should project him under center.
“If they don’t have a deal until the fourth of July and then hold the supplemental draft on that next Tuesday, then it’s almost not even worth taking him because now he’ll have no training camp,” he noted. “The guy’s not going to play this year. He’s either going to be a third or fourth quarterback or a practice squad wide receiver. I don’t even know if you’d bother taking him in that case.”
If the Ravens – or any club, for that matter – does nab Pryor, Clayton said he thinks a fifth-, sixth-, or seventh-round selection would be the right price.
Considering the Ravens’ leadership at receiver, Baltimore might be one of those stops, according to the ESPN analyst.
“This would be the great juncture of getting even more value out of Anquan, if they think Pryor would be a better receiver than quarterback,” said Clayton. “Boldin’s been there as a former quarterback, and I could see a great addition there if [Pryor] could be a receiver.”