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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’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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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:17 pm

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

HAHAHAHA!!!!! couldn't of happened to a better person....Cool

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:15 pm

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Tressel resigned.  He was not fired.  OSU now calls it a retirement.  Get your facts straight.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:10 pm

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Good. This jjaacckkaassss doesnt deserve to play in the nfl. his football program gets away with murder cuz they funnel money to someone in the ncaa and usc gets ruined for a decade. how can the ncaa possibly say their sanctions system is fair. they are making a mockery of college football fans everywhere and the game itself

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:05 pm

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Kastowitz, your story has zero merit,  You fabricate an incredible lie when you state coach Jim Tressel was fired.  Tressel resigned, big difference.  You and CBS Sports should be sued for slander which you would lose in the courts.  I am amazed at how pathetic, biased and opinionated writers can be with no facts or accountability.  I would say you are a joke to professional writers but there are so many of you half witted writers that are more suited for tabloids rather than real news.

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:05 pm

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

I hope this stands up. TP is a complete piece of crap on and off the field. He will NEVER amount to anything in the NFL at ANY position. I bet he isn't even good in the CFL. It just adds to the long list of OSU QB's who are terrible pros. 

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:57 am

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:53 am

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

I could be wrong about this but former Miami Hurricane quaterback Steve Walsh entered the supplemental draft with no unforseen event.


Maybe something changed with the league policies since back in the late 80's early 90's.  Here is something interesting.  Harvey Unga left BYU early after a honor code violation.  He voluntarily left school and was taken by the Bears in the 2010 supplemental draft.  It might not be racism, but there is definitely some kind of bias taking place.

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:41 am

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

I'm no fan of Tyrell Pryor or Ohio State, but why isn't Sweater Vest leaving in a cloud of shame a change of circumstance?  The situation at OSU clearly got worse over time.  So bad, in fact, that their coach had to resign.

I'm not going to lose sleep over this either way, but it seems to me circumstances involving, and affecting, him changed as the various problems at Ohio State were revealed and played out.

He's no NFL QB anyway, so, in the end, to me this is much ado about not a whole lot......Despite the anticipation Drew Rosenhuas tried to manufacture.

Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:26 am

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Two words come to mind!!  Maurice Clarett!!

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:25 am

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

How is this article racist?

I know you don't understand many of the words other people use. Just because you don't understand them...doesn't make this article racist. That makes you an ignorant person. Are you a poor example for your race? Sure you are. But please stop using the R word around like we are denying your credit for reasons other than you not paying your bills.

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