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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
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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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Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft



How many players are in the supplemental draft?  there can't be that many players with unforseen circumstances since the regular draft.  
 



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Here's the bottom line on Pryor... he's simply not that bright.  His best games against good teams came in each of the last two bowl games.  He was MVP of both the Rose Bowl victory over Oregon and the Sugar Bowl over Arkansas.

Some might say that shows he performs at his best when the pressure is on in big games.  My opinion is that he is at his best when given 5 or 6 weeks to prepare such as is the case during bowl season.  OSU plays Michigan around Thanksgiving and they don't play again until the first week of January.

So how will he do in the NFL playing against much more complex defenses and a much thicker offensive play book?  Probably pretty good the first couple of games given a whole preseason to prepare.  Once teams start making adjustments... not so much. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

If he is ruled ineligible, he should go play in the CFL for a season, where he is likely to actually play.  At the same time, use the money he earns to maintain a personal QB coach to hopefully accelerate his progress refining the skills he will need to be successful in the NFL.  He will be able to grow in a competitive setting, or he finds out he needs to go an other direction to achieve his NFL goals.  With his athleticism, it is highly likely that he could make it as a QB in the NFL with the right approach.

I'm going to put my opinion aside... my opinion being I don't think Pryor will ever be a starting NFL qb.  Here I go.... Playing in the CFL is a great idea if you believe playing time in a professional atmosphere would help Pryor.  But maintaining a qb coach isn't likely to happen, unless he or his family have some money in the bank.  Pryor would probably make 60 or 70 grand before taxes in the CFL but I guess if he's extremely lucky somebody could potentially pay 100 grand....  after taxes, living expenses, etc   I doubt he'll have much left over for much else.  The CFL is a very competitive league but doesn't pay very much with the only exception being established veterans that have succeeded in the CFL for years.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

First I don't think he can go to the CFL, because they have said that if a guy is ineligible for the NFL they don't want him.  Goes back to the Ricky Williams situation.  Second I don't feel one bit sorry for Pryor.  Let's recap shall we.  He got extra benefits for trading the gifts he got from the University.  Then he was to be suspended.  He and his buddies said WE PROMISE if you let us play in the Sugar Bowl we will come back and take our punishment.  Then their coach quits, because he knew way more and got out while the getting was good.  Now he won't take his punishment.  Personally I would be very happy if Goodell would come out and say, "You can play in the NFL but you must sit out FIVE games that you owe the NCAA."  I know he can't but Pryor to me has no class.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Yes, I follow football.  Yes, I'm a Buckeyes fan.  And no, I don't believe Pryor will be a starting QB in the NFL.  That said, I don't believe Cam Newton is a lick better than Pryor.  I believe Newton had far better players around him than Pryor.  Neither will even live up to Vince Young's NFL career.



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

I think this could be a better route for him to take anyway.  If he is ruled ineligible, he should go play in the CFL for a season, where he is likely to actually play.  At the same time, use the money he earns to maintain a personal QB coach to hopefully accelerate his progress refining the skills he will need to be successful in the NFL.  He will be able to grow in a competitive setting, or he finds out he needs to go an other direction to achieve his NFL goals.  With his athleticism, it is highly likely that he could make it as a QB in the NFL with the right approach.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

I believe there are 30 teams who could care less!



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Because he is a QB from The Ohio State University!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Report: Pryor might not be eligible for draft

Does anybody that follows football believe Pryor is going to be a good NFL qb?  He had trouble performing well against good college teams so I can't imagine he's going to have any success in the NFL....  but the stories don't stop... I have to wonder why.


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