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Terrelle Pryor might not be eligible for supplemental draft

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One of the discussion topics that was an easy way to fill a few minutes during the lockout was the one about whether or not Team X would take a chance on taking Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft.

The former Ohio State quarterback left school after getting suspended as part of the merchandise for cash and tattoo scandal that wound up costing coach Jim Tressel his job. Pryor’s athleticism has drawn a lot more accolades than his acumen as a pro-ready passer, but it’s been widely assumed some team would step up and roll the dice.

We might have to wait a bit longer to find out which team that will be.

Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that there might be a major obstacle in Pryor’s path to the NFL. He might not be eligible for the supplemental draft, which, as it happens, hasn’t been scheduled yet.

“If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular [college] draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular [draft].”

The usual examples of such circumstances would be academic ineligibility, getting kicked off a team or graduating and deciding to leave school. Pryor does not qualify on any of those fronts as he was suspended, not ineligible, for part of the 2011 season.

Aiello told Marvez that decisions about eligibility are made on a case-by-case basis and Pryor’s eligibility will be decided by Joel Bussert, the league’s vice president of player personnel/football operations. The specifics of Pryor’s case could lead to him being ruled ineligible until the 2012 draft, where he might be at a disadvantage after a year without football.

The supplemental draft is usually held 10 days before camps open, but the lockout has made it impossible to schedule yet and it is likely going to be a lesser priority than getting other things, namely free agency, up and running once the CBA is signed, sealed and delivered.

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51 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor might not be eligible for supplemental draft”
  1. descendency says: Jul 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    All he needs to do to get in the draft is admit he took large sums of money. He’d instantly be disqualified from competing at the collegiate, and therefore allowed to be in.

    is that what you are saying?

  2. pnut87 says: Jul 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    Couldn’t get a picture of him that shows off the tats that got him into this mess? Had to get one were his shirt has sleeves…

  3. trbowman says: Jul 24, 2011 4:24 PM

    Karma.

  4. thetobygrizwold says: Jul 24, 2011 4:25 PM

    Is Josh Alper new?

  5. raidersmojo says: Jul 24, 2011 4:26 PM

    All he has to do is sign with the UFL or CFL for a week.

    Then he can be called up to the NFL by any team that wants him.

  6. benh999 says: Jul 24, 2011 4:28 PM

    Not allowing Pryor to enter the supplemental draft is probably doing some awful team a big favor.

  7. fatfreddystubbs says: Jul 24, 2011 4:30 PM

    “The former Ohio State quarterback left school after getting suspended as part of the merchandise for cash and tattoo scandal that wound up costing coach Jim Tressel his job.”
    ___________________________________
    Not to nitpick, but it wasn’t the scandal that cost Tressel his job. It was knowing about it and not doing anything about it, and going as far as to sign his name on some NCAA report that cost him his job.

    Personally, despite being a Penn State fan with a pretty healthy dislike for Ohio State (for obvious reasons), I couldn’t care less if a kid wants to sell stuff he earned or trade it for some ink, but the “scandal” itself isn’t what cost Tressel his job.

  8. dfeltz says: Jul 24, 2011 4:35 PM

    Pryor didn’t cost Tressell his job, he got fired for constantly lying

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 24, 2011 4:36 PM

    Maybe if he has to work at Walmart for a year he won’t feel so entitled. unlike most other players. But, I’m sure his agent will find a way to make him gainfully un-employed.

  10. drgfri says: Jul 24, 2011 4:39 PM

    Darn, Rex Ryan really loved his footwork.

  11. thenewyorkjets says: Jul 24, 2011 4:41 PM

    Nobody cares!!!!

  12. swervinmervin says: Jul 24, 2011 4:43 PM

    “It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft…”

    The rule is very broad. Further, in May is when Tresell and the program were really hit hard with sanctions, which then eventually led Pryor to withdraw from school, so Id say that he fits the broad criteria pretty well.

    Alex Marvez and Josh Alper are trying to make a story out of nothing. Move on. Leave the kid alone.

  13. seneca1ss says: Jul 24, 2011 4:45 PM

    who knew all the fallout (from a tatoo)?
    Has this website EVER posted a POSITIVE story??
    show it to me please

  14. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 24, 2011 4:52 PM

    “The specifics of Pryor’s case could lead to him being ruled ineligible until the 2012 Draft where he might be at a disadvantage after a year without football.”

    No way. Not a chance. Don’t you think instead he could sign as a free agent? There is no way he could be deemed ineligible to play in the NFL this year. This ain’t college.

  15. cylemc63 says: Jul 24, 2011 4:54 PM

    Isn’t hiring a pro agent a reason for ineligibility in collage football? If thats the case he would have went from suspended to ineligible since the draft. With would make him qualify for the supplemental draft.

  16. jersey73 says: Jul 24, 2011 4:56 PM

    Well, he can always sell all those cars to hold him over until next April.

  17. denverdude7 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:01 PM

    The NFL should let Pryor be included in the 2011 supplemental draft.

    The kid made an enormous mistake which many people are and will be paying for.

    What is there to gain for anyone by making him sit out a year? I could see some serious trouble finding this kid if that happens.

  18. johnnyb216 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:02 PM

    Good. I hope all this costs him HIS job just like it did to his coach.

  19. cardsfann1 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:03 PM

    All I can say is hahahahahaha Pryor!!! Maybe people will start to be accountable for their actions now.

  20. cardsfann1 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:10 PM

    I am really hoping that they don’t let him in the draft because I don’t want there to be any chance that he ends up getting picked by my Cards!!! We suck enough damn it!!!

  21. paintan8 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:18 PM

    Why does he have to be part of a Supplemental Draft? He is no longer eligible to play college football after hiring an agent. Thus, like any Joe Blow off the street, what is preventing any team from just signing him to a contract as an undrafted free agent?

  22. laxer37 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:28 PM

    raidersmojo says:

    All he has to do is sign with the UFL or CFL for a week.

    Then he can be called up to the NFL by any team that wants him.
    ————————————————–

    Uh, players sign contracts to play in those leagues. I think you’re confusing a major league baseball farm system with the NFL. There is no such thing as being “called up” to the NFL from the CFL or UFL during the season.

    You’re obviously a Raider fan that’s as confused as Al Davis when it comes to understanding how the league works.

  23. vbe2 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:31 PM

    descendency says:Jul 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    All he needs to do to get in the draft is admit he took large sums of money. He’d instantly be disqualified from competing at the collegiate, and therefore allowed to be in.

    is that what you are saying?
    _________________________________

    Hi hired an agent, that alone makes him ineligible. He’ll never play College Footaball again because of that.

  24. bunjy96 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:33 PM

    So he doesn’t get drafted, so what?
    It will save some team from wasting a draft pick.

    He’s still a FA and can sign with anyone?

  25. fooath says: Jul 24, 2011 5:37 PM

    Seems like a foregone conclusion that he’s going to be deemed eligible…

  26. marcinhouston says: Jul 24, 2011 5:46 PM

    People who criticize Pryor’s passing skills do not know what they are talking about. I guess they have never had a tattoo before. Most NFL QB’s would not even suit up and play through the soreness if they had a tattoo on their throwing shoulder or bicep the night before (or day of) a big game, but Pryor did that time after time. That takes heart.

  27. rabidmike says: Jul 24, 2011 6:00 PM

    cardsfann1 what gives? The Cards suck bad enough? We are 0-0 right now and while I grant you we are in for another uneven year where we finish plus or minus 8-8, we soon will have free agency to scratch our heads at and by November we will have the uncertainty of Fitz’s future to look forward to.

  28. raidersmojo says: Jul 24, 2011 6:11 PM

    laxer37 says: Jul 24, 2011 5:28 PM
    Uh, players sign contracts to play in those leagues. I think you’re confusing a major league baseball farm system with the NFL. There is no such thing as being “called up” to the NFL from the CFL or UFL during the season.

    You’re obviously a Raider fan that’s as confused as Al Davis when it comes to understanding how the league works.

    ===========

    There are buy out options for those contracts. Last year there were a couple stories on here about players in the UFL that might jump to the NFL, but there were fees involved.

    so if into the UFL season some team wants him bad enough. they can buy out the contract and sign him.

    Guess your blind hatred for the raiders just made you crawl out from under your rock today.

  29. vbe2 says: Jul 24, 2011 6:18 PM

    bunjy96 says:Jul 24, 2011 5:33 PM

    So he doesn’t get drafted, so what?
    It will save some team from wasting a draft pick.

    He’s still a FA and can sign with anyone?
    __________________________________

    No, he won’t be a free agent and won’t be able to sign with anyone. He’ll have to wait for the draft.

  30. hitdog042 says: Jul 24, 2011 6:27 PM

    So since nobody has said it, if he’s not eligible he must either sit out a year or sign a 1 year cfl or ufl contract or play arena ball.

    He’s done in college.

    Him hiring an agent does not qualify him for the NFL draft. If he qualifies its on hardship or if the NFL rules the 5 game suspension was enough to change his circumstance and that’s probable but not for sure.

  31. bhester1906 says: Jul 24, 2011 6:52 PM

    Just take a yr off and get drafted early a la Sam Bradford

  32. samoanjungle says: Jul 24, 2011 6:55 PM

    I don’t think some people understand the rules. The teams have an agreement that they can only sign players that were once eligible for the draft so everyone has a shot at them.
    If a player just chooses to leave school after the draft, he has to wait until the next one rolls around.
    Pryor didn’t think this through. He should have gone to the coach or AD behind closed doors and asked them to dismiss him.
    He is not a FA until teams have a chance to draft him and they all pass.

  33. bravin4evr says: Jul 24, 2011 6:56 PM

    can anyone say lawsuit?

  34. vtsquirm says: Jul 24, 2011 7:03 PM

    i don’t like the guy, but i think he’d have a pretty good argument in court if the league tried to block him from entering the league this year. free agent or supplemental draft, i’m sure he doesn’t care which one.

  35. thefiesty1 says: Jul 24, 2011 7:21 PM

    Good, he can just sit on his butt until next years draft and someone might take him in the seventh round and then cut him in training camp next summer. Serves him right.

  36. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jul 24, 2011 8:04 PM

    I hope he isn’t eligible for selfish reasons. See I am a long suffering Raider fan liveing in Al “Coach” Davis hell. If Pryor isn’t eligible “Coach” Davis can’t waste a draft pick on him……

  37. burntorangehorn says: Jul 24, 2011 8:09 PM

    cylemc63 says:
    Jul 24, 2011 4:54 PM
    Isn’t hiring a pro agent a reason for ineligibility in collage football? If thats the case he would have went from suspended to ineligible since the draft. With would make him qualify for the supplemental draft.
    ============================
    Beat me to it. Sign with an agent, and boom, instant ineligibility.

  38. enuggs says: Jul 24, 2011 8:12 PM

    He has an agent he’s ineligible. This article seems handcrafted for haters. Truth is who cares? The kid showed 0 improvement from his freshman year to his junior and being a physical freak doesnt translate to the NFL, talent does.

    Teamwise there is two aspects: 1. If he can start on your favorite team then your favorite team is in VERY bad shape to begin with and 2. So what if a team takes a flier and sacrifices a 4th or 5th round pick. Last time i checked multiple players destroyed the UNC program last year including 1st round pick Robert Quinn and 2nd round picks Marvin Austin and Greg Little. I dont hear people crying out for them to rot at Walmart a year before joining the NFL. Lets kill the hypocrisy.

  39. bpjensen says: Jul 24, 2011 9:03 PM

    Academically ineligible. Not just ineligible. Allowing players to enter the supplemental draft simply because they hired an agent would make all the reasons for supplemental draft eligibility meaningless. Allowing a player to qualify by virtue of hiring an agent means a player could leave school whenever, regardless of circumstance, and enter the supplemental draft.

    “…usual examples of such circumstances would be academic ineligibility, getting kicked off a team or graduating and deciding to leave school.” This rule is probably inline with the eligibility rules of the regular draft in that you have to be so many years removed from high school to be eligible.

  40. rcali says: Jul 24, 2011 10:22 PM

    Anti-trust lawsuit coming….

  41. bpjensen says: Jul 24, 2011 10:52 PM

    Not if there is a union.

  42. shadowgm1 says: Jul 24, 2011 11:31 PM

    HA.

  43. goforthanddie says: Jul 24, 2011 11:45 PM

    “Pryor does not qualify on any of those fronts as he was suspended, not ineligible,”

    That is hilarious. He SHOULD have been ruled ineligible, but wasn’t. And now it’s going to cost him. God works in mysterious, yet occasionally beautiful ways

  44. hoopersx says: Jul 24, 2011 11:51 PM

    “What is there to gain for anyone by making him sit out a year? I could see some serious trouble finding this kid if that happens.”

    Ask Mike Williams and the ex-Ohio State running back, who’s name escapes me at the moment.

  45. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jul 25, 2011 2:22 AM

    The usual examples of such circumstances would be academic ineligibility, getting kicked off a team or graduating and deciding to leave school. Pryor does not qualify on any of those fronts as he was suspended, not ineligible, for part of the 2011 season.
    ____________________________________

    Wait, I’m a little lost. You clearly say that one of the circumstances is “deciding to leave school.” Isn’t that what he did?

    He was suspended back in, I think, January. But, he still said he would go back to OSU. Then, months later HE DECIDED TO LEAVE SCHOOL.

    So how is he not eligible?

  46. goforthanddie says: Jul 25, 2011 4:18 AM

    “What is there to gain for anyone by making him sit out a year? I could see some serious trouble finding this kid if that happens.”

    1-Teach him a lesson?
    2-Yeah, he’s done so well avoiding trouble WITHOUT million$.

  47. ballinmore says: Jul 25, 2011 8:34 AM

    Sounds like TP is doing his best Rick James impersonation:

    Pryor: See, I never just did things just to do them. Come on, what am I gonna do? Just all of a sudden sell all my stuff for tattoos and spending money? Come on. I got a little more sense then that.

    Pryor: Yeah, I remember selling all my stuff.

  48. bleedgreen says: Jul 25, 2011 8:36 AM

    If these kids talk about how broke they are because they can’t work, are from disadvantaged homes, etc… I have no problem with them selling memorabilia, etc. But to use it on a TATTOO? And not to pay bills or even just to ‘live off of’ with food, and gas and what not? Yeah… poor decision making there.

  49. hokebuck says: Jul 25, 2011 9:49 AM

    He played three years so he would be a free agent right! :-)

  50. theuglitruth says: Jul 25, 2011 11:02 AM

    I’d like to see the NFL make this guy sit for a year as an example that you can’t just act like a dbag in college and run to the NFL for cover.

  51. bjb2865 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    2 words…..who the hell cares. Well 4 words

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