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 FoxSports.com 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.