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Pryor not eligible for supplemental draft?

Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 12:48 pm

Terrelle Pryor might not be eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft - if there even is one this year. The league has yet to schedule the event, and Pryor doesn't meet the criteria of "unforeseen" changes for a player's petition for the draft to normally be granted.


"If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to on Sunday. "It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft)."


An "unforeseen way" typically includes someone who was kicked off their college team, deemed ineligible, graduated and opted to leave school, etc.
However, Pryor left Ohio State voluntarily after the NFL's April draft, and the league might not want to set the precedent of players finding a loophole to skip the annual draft and then apply for the supplemental draft.


Pryor was facing a five-game suspension to start the 2011, but decided to leave the program after coach Jim Tressel resigned due to a scandal that started with Pryor and several teammates selling jerseys and other memorabilia.


Eligibility for the supplemental draft is decided on a case-by-case basis. Former Georgia running back Caleb King, who was ruled academically ineligible, has also stated his intention to petition for the supplemental draft.

--Derek Harper, Executive Editor 

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