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Terrelle Pryor could be the first player to attack the draft

File image of Ohio State head coach Tressel and quarterback Pryor celebrate after beating Oregon in the 96th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena Reuters

With the NFL lacking the benefit of a Collective Bargaining Agreement to provide a shield against antitrust claims both from its current players or from its future ones, the league has become nervous about an eventual legal challenge to the draft, which could come as soon as April 2012.

With Ohio State coach Jim Tressel resigning on Monday, the legal challenge could come even sooner.

As expected, the guys at CFT have been all over the Tressel story, and the most recent post has caught our attention.  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who previously shot down rumors that he’d leave the school and enter the supplemental draft, could now opt to exit OSU early, possibly along with other players who will be suspended five games each for selling memorabilia.

Given that the NCAA continues to investigate Pryor, his departure could be, like Tressel’s was, simply a matter of time.  Pryor, the biggest name of the bunch, could decide that he doesn’t want to have his first NFL destination determined by a supplemental draft, which may or may not happen in July.  (More on that later.)  Pryor instead could follow the lead of another former Buckeye — Maurice Clarett — and sue.

Clarett challenged not the draft but the requirement that a player wait until three years after his high school class graduates to try to enter the draft pool.  The CBA ultimately helped save the league from having to open its doors to, in theory, high school players.

As to Pryor, it’s admittedly all speculation at this point.  But why wouldn’t Pryor take a crack and being able to set up a recruiting tug-o-war like the one in which Tressel and Rich Rodriguez engaged three-plus years ago?  (This time around, it wouldn’t be quite the same, given that Pryor hasn’t become nearly as great as Tressel and Rodriguez thought Pryor would be.)

Given that the expired labor deal contemplated only that a 2011 draft would occur and in light of the reality that the supplemental draft represents an initial phase of the next year’s draft, it’s unclear whether the NFL will even entertain the possibility of conducting a supplemental draft in the absence of a new CBA.  As NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via e-mail on Monday night, “There have been no applicants.  Thus, we have not set a date for a supplemental draft.”

After I pointed out in response that Tressel’s resignation could result in one or more applicants, Aiello said,  “There could be a supplemental draft, yes.  But the supplemental draft is not a mechanism for bypassing the regular draft.  It’s for players that have left school after the draft, evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”

How the NFL evaluates Pryor’s case could potentially result in Pryor filing a legal case of his own.

If he does, it could be prudent to consider not only the reputation of the federal district court in which he files, but also the appeals court that would review the initial decision.  As Tom Brady and company could soon be learning the hard way, a favorable lower court ruling means nothing if the appellate court is the most conservative (and thus most naturally pro-business) in the nation.

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  1. 90ragtop says: May 30, 2011 9:15 PM

    “Terrelle Pryor could be the first player to attack the draft”

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    But if so, he’ll be doing it from the front seat of a phenomonal ride, courtesy of a leading Columbus-area auto dealer.

  2. 8drinkminimum says: May 30, 2011 9:21 PM

    It’s just not prudent to sue the very people that you hope will eventually pay for your livelihood.

  3. ampats says: May 30, 2011 9:24 PM

    Too bad he won’t get drafted as a QB.

  4. tiproast says: May 30, 2011 9:26 PM

    The headline says Pryor could be the first to attack the draft.

    Then the article goes on to say the Clarett previously sued the league about the draft.

  5. willycents says: May 30, 2011 9:29 PM

    Would he not have to file in the jurisdiction in which the violation (allegedly) occurred?
    Sounds very ethical to me for attorneys; shopping around the court system like the rest of us shop for underwear to filter our farts. Fitting, of course, considering what most attorneys have for ethical values.

  6. topgunnfl says: May 30, 2011 9:35 PM

    The sad thing is that a team will undoubtedly reach for him if he did go the supplemental draft route. He is too raw to say solid or bust, but if teams look at him as a utility player at worst, he could render a pretty high supplemental pick.
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  7. raynman49 says: May 30, 2011 9:36 PM

    I’ll be back next year! Ha Ha Ha!

  8. brownsfn says: May 30, 2011 9:58 PM

    Ofcourse it would be a jackwagon like this guy to screw up the entire NFL…and he isnt even any good…

  9. duanethomas says: May 30, 2011 10:03 PM

    Not even the first Ohio State player to challenge the draft. Make sense and just don’t throw a headline on a story.

  10. schemefactory says: May 30, 2011 10:08 PM

    either way, he’s going to attack the bench in the nfl. sayonara ohio state and their string of bcs championship losses: the vikings and bills of ncaa football..

  11. cletusvandam says: May 30, 2011 10:10 PM

    And this my friends is what we have to look forward to if the players win

  12. xli2006 says: May 30, 2011 10:12 PM

    The NFL and a few related parties are about 3-4 really dumb decisions away from completely ruining itself.

  13. canetic says: May 30, 2011 10:13 PM

    At least we know Clarett and Pryor attended one class at OSU — “Sue Your Way to Unemployment”

  14. chatham10 says: May 30, 2011 10:24 PM

    Be honest, Pryor doesn’t have a clue but some lawyer will jump in and file for him and besides some money Pryor will give him a pin from Ohio State when they beat Michigan as that is all he has left.

  15. realitypolice says: May 30, 2011 10:28 PM

    As to Pryor, it’s admittedly all speculation at this point. But why wouldn’t Pryor take a crack and being able to set up a recruiting tug-o-war like the one in which Tressel and Rich Rodriguez engaged three-plus years ago?
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    Because if he doesn’t go in the supplemental draft and sues instead, it means no NFL football for him in 2011 even if the the CBA is settled and the season starts on time.

    There is no way any suit he files now would even be HEARD much less decided before the season.

    If you had actually taken one or two minutes to think about that before you wrote the article, you probably wouldn’t have written it.

    Which is why you didn’t bother.

  16. footballfanatic3431 says: May 30, 2011 10:29 PM

    There is no way that the NFL would ever exist without the Draft. It would ruin all competitive balance. I have no doubt the NFL will never let it get to that.

    and if for some reason the Draft was attacked and declared illegal, you can count me as one of the millions of fans who will never watch football again.

  17. tfbuckfutter says: May 30, 2011 10:32 PM

    Do teams even DRAFT OSU QBs anymore?

    I’m pretty sure he will have no problem signing with whichever team he wants to AFTER the draft.

  18. granadafan says: May 30, 2011 10:35 PM

    Bad Idea Jeans. Pryor would just be used by some scheister lawyer looking to make a name for himself.

  19. raiderapologist says: May 30, 2011 11:12 PM

    I heard somewhere on the Internet that Pryor traded his new car for a Tennessee Titans tattoo.

  20. mddare007 says: May 30, 2011 11:42 PM

    Another project wideout? Does the NFL need more of these guys?

  21. giantrealist says: May 30, 2011 11:48 PM

    The NFL Owners and League officials are getting exactly what they deserve. They’ve been trying to bully the past, present and future players for years. Now when some of them hit back they cry foul.

    If the league would work with the players they can avoid this kind of challenge. Prospects like Pryor would fall in line.

  22. Dawggpound says: May 30, 2011 11:59 PM

    Pryor is not an NFL quality QB. He could develop into a WR in given time. His passing accuracy is suspect at best.

  23. thomas2727 says: May 31, 2011 12:07 AM

    either way, he’s going to attack the bench in the nfl. sayonara ohio state and their string of bcs championship losses: the vikings and bills of ncaa football..
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    I would not exactly call 1-2 in BCS Championship games a string of losses.

    Not to mention they have won the most BCS games.

    Oh yeah and Tressel is a dirt bag along with the hypocrite NCAA fat cats loading their pockets on the backs of these “student” athletes.

    The whole system is a joke.

    At least NFL players though I hate their current stance have a way to fight a system they disagree with.

    What recourse do the “Student”athletes have other then being pushed into an NFL farms system called the NCAA?

  24. discosucs2005 says: May 31, 2011 2:35 AM

    I love the draft. It’s fun, exciting, and it’s always entertaining to sit their with your friends and be a backseat GM. However, if the draft went away forever, it wouldn’t mean that all your favorite perennial losers would suddenly be at a huge disadvantage. Being at the top of the draft (top half of the first round) makes it tougher to be a contender. Every stat confirms this. The teams who do good on a regular basis (Steelers, Pats, Colts, ect.) get to pick in the back half of the first and second rounds. These picks are the most valuable. If we eliminated a draft and kept a salary cap, the teams with an advantage would be the ones with and engrained system (Steelers, Pats type teams), and the ones that know how to scout talent.

    Like I said, I’m a fan of the draft, but if it goes away, I won’t be terrified that 3 or 4 teams are just going to dominate the league.v

  25. slimsteve22 says: May 31, 2011 2:56 AM

    Some University that Ohio State……..

  26. msclemons67 says: May 31, 2011 3:13 AM

    I realize that Pryor makes a nice headline, but the draft is already under attack in the Brady, Brees and Manning lawsuit. Section 48 (might be 45, I need to reread) specifically asks the court to “enjoin the anti-competitive draft.”

    Why would you pretend that the draft is not already under assault?

  27. jimmysee says: May 31, 2011 4:48 AM

    This whole thing has turned into two sides facing each other, each with a gun in its own mouth screaming “if you don’t make my deal I’ll shoot.”

  28. moochzilla says: May 31, 2011 7:03 AM

    “It’s just not prudent to sue the very people that you hope will eventually pay for your livelihood.”

    If Bin Laden could run a 4.1 40 yard dash and catch like Jerry Rice you’d have had 32 teams fighting to sign him.

    It’s business, not personal.

  29. sneaky1632 says: May 31, 2011 7:22 AM

    Pryor instead could follow the lead of another former Buckeye — Maurice Clarett —
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    That sounds like a good plan…. cause things worked out so well for him.

  30. paperlions says: May 31, 2011 7:28 AM

    First, the people that will eventually (possibly) pay Pryor’s salary are not NFL owners, but fans. NFL owners don’t actually pay for anything, they are just a filter through which money passes from fans to expenses related to our entertainment (the NFL)….of course, the owners extract a hefty fee for their services as facilitators.

    Second, how would Pryor “attacking the draft” have an effect on which team he first plays for? UFAs can sign with whomever they wish.

  31. moochzilla says: May 31, 2011 7:31 AM

    Form what the owners are telling us, they should be thrilled if there is no more draft.

    They whine constantly about “having” to pay unproven talent big money for multiple years.

    This will relieve them of the burden.

    Oh, you’re telling me they want it both ways? They want the protection and security without the cost?

    You don’t say…

  32. dryzzt23 says: May 31, 2011 8:52 AM

    I am a huge OSU fan and IMO Pryor is the worst player to play for OSU in a long time.

    Any player who’s ego is so huge as to wait for weeks after signing day to extend the recruiting process so as to satiate his ego even more, is not a player I want playing for my team.

    Pryor reminds me of Quincy Carter and Tony Banks, guys who were on the All-Potential team but were severely lacking in self-preparation and discipline which resulted in poor production.

    I for one will be happy to see OSU go back to the I-formation and pro-style offense and get away from the spread and pistol stuff

  33. jimmysee says: May 31, 2011 9:24 AM

    “First, the people that will eventually (possibly) pay Pryor’s salary are not NFL owners, but fans. NFL owners don’t actually pay for anything, they are just a filter through which money passes from fans to expenses related to our entertainment (the NFL)….of course, the owners extract a hefty fee for their services as facilitators.

    I’m a fan — I don’t pay any money.

    It’s the tv networks, beer companies, car companies, etc who pay — and ticket holders.

    Calling the owners “facilitators” is a pretty shallow view of all this. Each stamps his identify pretty strongly on his team.

  34. jamaltimore says: May 31, 2011 9:25 AM

    Who wouldn’t want a VASTLY overated QB who’s legal problems and cheating have overshadowed anything he’s done on the field of play. Screw up ohio state, next stop NFL. Only in America!

  35. TxGrown says: May 31, 2011 9:29 AM

    thomas2727 says:
    “What recourse do the “Student”athletes have other then being pushed into an NFL farms system called the NCAA?” ======================================================
    I don’t know let’s see……how about actually being a “student” and getting a degree? With the SCHOLARSHIP they receive? Poor poor babies.

  36. cereal blogger says: May 31, 2011 9:39 AM

    Whats next ? Lets hope its not a wife beater, a bottle of grey goose & armed to the tee like his fellow booted alumnus

  37. thomas2727 says: May 31, 2011 10:17 AM

    “What recourse do the “Student”athletes have other then being pushed into an NFL farms system called the NCAA?” ======================================================
    I don’t know let’s see……how about actually being a “student” and getting a degree? With the SCHOLARSHIP they receive? Poor poor babies.
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    Yeah because we all know guys in big time programs go to school to be students.

    Or maybe it’s a forced free NFL farm system

    Quit drinking the kool aid. The NCAA fatcats keep getting rich on the backs of kids forced into an unfair system orchestrated by the powers that be in the NCAA and NFL.

  38. majorseahawk says: May 31, 2011 11:24 AM

    The whole speculation of this article doesn’t make any sense. Why would the NFL hold a supplemental draft just because a couple of guys might apply for it. It was never covered under the expiring CBA, there is no reason for them to hold it now, especially with the threat of another legal suit.

  39. jeffro33 says: May 31, 2011 2:06 PM

    Unfortunately, Terrelle Pryor has no bullets in his guns and his attack on the supplemental draft will be futile…

    Who/where would his talent even fit?

    I think his next job is as the go-getter in LeBron James’ entourage….

  40. vegach says: May 31, 2011 2:39 PM

    “Pryor reminds me of Quincy Carter and Tony Banks, guys who were on the All-Potential team but were severely lacking in self-preparation and discipline which resulted in poor production.”

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    Excellent point……

    Still can’t believe Jerruh had both of those guys running the helm before The Great Romo came around.

  41. realfann says: May 31, 2011 11:59 PM

    @msclemons67

    Go read it again, the word “draft” is not mentioned in the lawsuit once.

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