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Ineliigible at OSU means Pryor eligible for Supp.

Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:41 pm

Any doubt as to whether former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor would be deemed eligibile for an NFL supplemental draft this summer likely was erased yesterday when Pryor's lawyer received a letter from Buckeye Athletic Director Gene Smith notifying their former star that he would have been found ineligible for the 2011 season.

With Pryor ineligible for next season, he fulfills the technicality the NFL needed to allow him into their special-case draft. Previously, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had told Alex Marvex of that Pryor, (like any player) was only eligible for the draft if their situation had been affected by "unforeseen circumstances."

While some would argue that a long-term suspension from Ohio State could have easily been foreseen considering the myriad of rule violations Pryor is accused of, with the ruling coming today -- long after the January 15th deadline in which underclassmen had to declare for April's NFL draft -- the Buckeye signal-caller has indeed found his eligibility taken away between the normally scheduled draft and the supplemental. This, traditionally, has been the deciding factor in allowing a prospect into the supplemental draft.

In a typical year, the NFL's supplemental draft is held approximately ten days before the start of training camps, or roughly July 15. This year, due to the extended lockout and the higher priority of veteran free agency, signing of draft picks, etc. the supplemental draft has been placed on the "back burner."

At this point, there appears to be three players likely to be found eligible for the supplemental draft -- Georgia running back Caleb King, North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo and Pryor.


Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:27 am

Ineliigible at OSU means Pryor eligible for Supp.

The NFL cannot legally exact discipline for an offense that occurred while a player wasn't employed by the NFL.  While I agree the NCAA needs to be a little less of a joke, the NFL would have to answer to an agent as well as the players union, in addition to Pryor, himself for taking action here. 
;  I think Ohio State is sending the bigger message right now by continuing, even after everything this kid put them through, to tell their recruits that they will do anything and everything they can to help their former players transition to the pros.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:19 pm

Ineliigible at OSU means Pryor eligible for Supp.

Although I lay blame on NCAA for not willing to hand down punishment that goes into effect immediately in regards to Pryor, I wish that the NFL would declare Pryor ineligible to be picked up in supplemental draft this year.   My reasons are this: He was caught with 4 other players for NCAA violations and was only allowed to play in the his last bowl game if he was willing to sit out 5 games of next season.   Then because of Ohio St losing their coach, he decides to skip last year and go pro.   So basically, he was caught cheating and served no punishment.   And the fact that he was deemed ineligible for 2011 season doesn't matter.   He had already decided to skip out before that was found out.   Both NCAA and NFL need to do a better job of enforcing punishment on players when caught.   Punishment should be swift and immediate and not overlooked and passed on to the next season and let them play in bowl games or playoff games.   You cheat, you pay the piper.

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