To help former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor prepare for the 2011 Supplemental draft, Drew Rosenhaus, Pryor’s agent, has hired former NFL quarterback and quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com initially reported the hiring on Wednesday. The Canton Repository had previously reported that George Whitfield, who tutored first overall pick Cam Newton before the entry draft, would work with Pryor, but Anderson ultimately got the call.
Anderson spent 16 seasons in the NFL, all with the Cincinnati Bengals, passing for 32,838 yards with 197 touchdowns and 160 interceptions. Anderson led the NFL in completion percentage three times, passing yards twice, earned four trips to the Pro Bowl, and won NFL MVP honors in 1981. Anderson has coached quarterbacks with the Bengals (1993-2002), Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-06), and the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he worked from 2007 until his retirement in January of 2009.
“I think he’s an interesting kid. His throwing motion and arm is good and he can make all the throws,” Anderson said after working with Pryor this week at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.
During Pryor’s three-year career with the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-6, 233-pounder has completed 62.2% of his pass attempts for 6,177 yards with 57 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. Pryor has added 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground, and his athleticism have led draft analysts to project him as a tight end, H-back, or wide receiver at the next level.
“We’re working on a lot of different things right now like NFL concepts, the passing tree and footwork,” said Anderson. “He does a nice job understanding things and how it translates.”