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Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:40 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 10:53 pm
 
PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The entire time we debated former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor and where he’d be selected in the supplemental draft, we didn’t actually talk about the chances of Pryor not being allowed to take part in it. But it’s been revealed that he might not get the chance to be drafted after all.

That’s according to Foxsports.com’s Alex Marvez, who writes that NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says that only a college player with “unforeseen” changes in his circumstance can participate.

For example, a player who was kicked off his team for violations or a player who was declared academically ineligible or a player who left the squad after graduating. He doesn’t say anything about a player, like Pryor, who leaves of his volition before graduation because of a scandal at his college program.

“It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft,” Aiello wrote to Marvez in an e-mail. “It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft).”

Pryor could have declared himself for the April draft, but instead, at the time, he decided to accept a five-game suspension for 2011. He changed his mind after coach Jim Tressell was fired, but that doesn’t mean he can just place himself in the supplemental. It might simply be too late for him.

More from Marvez:
Pryor’s status for the supplemental draft will be determined by Joel Bussert, the league’s vice president of player personnel/football operations. Aiello said such eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.

The NFL has strict rules about supplemental draft eligibility because it doesn’t want players trying to skirt the regular draft in an attempt to manipulate where they might be picked. Quarterback Bernie Kosar did just that in 1985 to land with the Cleveland Browns instead of the Minnesota Vikings.

If the supplemental draft isn’t an option, Pryor could wait to enter the 2012 NFL draft or try to play in an alternate professional organization like the Canadian Football League. Pryor has signed with an agent and is ineligible to return to Ohio State.

Earlier this month, Pryor said he didn’t care if he was taken in the first round or the seventh round of the supplemental draft. At this point, he should just be happy if he’s invited to participate at all.  

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Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

You are talking about an OSU football player and INTEGRITY?  mawahhhahahahahahahah.......oh hahahahahahha
Thats about as legit as the SEC and "rules"



Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

I'm hating because Terrelle signed a letter to sit out the first five games in order to play in the bowl game, now he's turning his back on his word. Does that say anything for this young man. Hey you gave your word to stick it out with your teammates and now there might be a loop hole and you're going to take it, where's your integrity??



Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

I hate to say this but I'm fine if Terrelle Pryor can't play this year. I mean it's like he's always had everthing given to him and now that something bad has happend in college, oh I can leave and go to the pros. Well I hate to say this, but I hope he has to wait a year. I don;t ever want to take money out of a persons pocket or not have a person not do what they love to do, but do it the right way. Don't get caught and leave your team to go somewhere else and expect to make yourself better. Hopefully this can be a learning lesson.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Heck I AM A BUCKEYE FAN.... and I cant imagine he could play QB in the NFL. Very innacurrate (or I should say inconsistently accurrate, its not like he never completed a pass). He is just a big tall guy who runs well in a straight line, and can throw a ball. He could have his uses in a very few specific plays/packages....but is that even worth a draft pick?



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Why you be hating on Terrelle Pryor? Is it because he is a black man? .............................
No, because he is an idiot and a weasel with no integrity.



Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Whoever is comparing USC (31 violations, uncooperative with the NCAA, paid Bush $200k) to OSU (5 violations, players trading trinkets for tattoos) is delusional.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

This kid is a joke anyway..has no shot at any position in the NFL...take your  Suckeye bribe money and go away...



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Does anyone outside of Pryor's mom and a few fanatical OSU fans really care at all what happens to this buffoon? Looks like CBS sports has gone the way of the National Enquirer, favoring sensationalist journalism over stories that matter. Pryor was given the keys to the kingdom and decided to sell them, and now we are expected to care what he does?

Pathetic, anyone who has any sympathy for this guy needs their head examined.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

For those of you that say that Tressel "resigned" and wasn't fired, technically you are right.  But come on, it was either resign or get fired.  Either way he was gone.  Too much baggage and distractions to deal with.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

The NFL's Supplemental Draft is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft.  For example, a player who was kicked off his team for violations or a player who was declared academically ineligible or a player who left the squad after graduating.

Steve Walsh decided, and was allowed, to enter the 1989 Supplemental Draft because he was graduating that summer (note above examples).  Harvey Unga, while withdrawing from BYU in April 2010, in order to allow the Spring and Summer sessions to count as a semester so as to enhance his chances of being allowed to have his punishment completed prior to the 2010 football season, was informed at the end of the Spring Quarter that he could not return to BYU until January 2011, therby becoming ineligible for the 2010 football season (see examples above). 

Hence neither Walsh nor Unga is similar to Pryor, who was not declared ineligible for the 2011 football season and is not due to graduate before the 2011 football season (unlikly to graduate ever).  Pryor has no known "unforeseen changes in his circumstance" that would permit him to participate in this summer's Supplemental Draft- unless one can successful argue that it was unforseeable to Pryor that he would be caught in his violations of NCAA standards.

 Caveat- it is quite possible that given his low intelligence factor Pryor may well have been academically ineligible, although OSU certainly would cover that fact up just as it does with other transgressions to NCAA rules by its athletes and coaches.  Heck, Pres. Gee probably hopes that Pryor does not declare him academically ineligible.

If he disdains Canadian football, he certainly has the options of opening a tattoo palor or a car dealership.  Yell



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