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Fast 40, but workout #s otherwise not impressive

Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:07 pm
I'm not sure what went faster today -- the 6-4 (3/8), 232 pound Terrelle Pryor in the forty yard dash or, the buzz around him in the seconds afterward, as scouts registered that sizzling time in their heads and word spread throughout the internet and texting community.

4.38-4.41 seconds is an accurate time for both.

However, as impressive as Pryor was in the straight-line speed portion of the workout, he was stunningly average in several other athletic portions of the event.

According to a league source, Pryor was timed at 4.3 seconds in the short-shuttle and 7.2 seconds in the three-cone drill

He also had a 31" vertical jump and a 10'4" broad jump.

The source characterized the results as "not that great of workout numbers for a supposedly great athlete."

No kidding. 

While Pryor's broad jump would have ranked among the better results among quarterbacks tested at the 2010 Combine, his vertical and short shuttle results were very average in comparison to other quarterbacks tested there.

His three cone time would have rated second to last among all of the quarterbacks tested. The only quarterback slower in this drill was Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson, who timed at 7.28/7.31 in the event. Former Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn, as a comparison, was one of the slower quarterbacks in the 40-yard dash, timing as poorly as 5.23 seconds in the event last February, but this relatively slow-footed quarterback was timed alarmingly faster in the three-cone drill (6.84 seconds) than Pryor.

Pryor would have been the slowest of the receivers tested in this event. He also would have been slower than virtually all of the tight ends.

The three-cone drill is designed to test a player's balance, ability to change directions and burst.

We all know Pryor is a phenomenal athlete. His ability to shake defenders and surprise them with his acceleration are among his most impressive traits. The fact that Pryor tested so poorly in this drill leads me to wonder if he tired early or perhaps didn't take this particular part of the workout as seriously as others. Or, perhaps he simply isn't as quick for the watch as he appears to be on tape.

Regardless, it doesn't bode well for his chances at successfully converting to receiver or tight end.


Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:16 am

Fast 40, but workout #s otherwise not impressive

Seems to be alot of haters out there, Pryor deserves a shot at QB like any other player and he can be successful with a few years of development and tutelage.  He has all the physical tools and can learn the system and grow, its up to him to put in the work. 

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:23 am

Fast 40, but workout #s otherwise not impressive

Rob, did you see how vertical jump was measured? He touched the wall!
But yeah, three cone and short shuttle times are bad. Maybe turf? And BTW, I doubt he had been preparing for his pro day like other players prepare for combine(for months).

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 7:30 pm

Fast 40, but workout #s otherwise not impressive

That's pretty much exactly what I saw on the field, great straight line speed, not much quickness and change of direction. He is what I thought he was!!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:30 pm

Fast 40, but workout #s otherwise not impressive

Pryors only chance is to be a pass catching TE..maybe a redzone target.

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