NFL says no determination yet on supplemental draft


The status of the NFL supplemental draft — and whether former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is eligible — is still an open question as NFL training camps begin.

After ESPN’s John Clayton wrote on Twitter that there may not be a supplemental draft this year because Pryor isn’t eligible and there might not be any players to select, PFT contacted the NFL for clarification.

“Has not been determined yet,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via e-mail.

So Pryor, who was officially declared ineligible by Ohio State this week, can’t be declared ineligible for the supplemental draft just yet.

24 responses to “NFL says no determination yet on supplemental draft

  1. I guess Terrelle won’t be eligible until he serves the 5 year suspension and goes back to finish his senior season. As long as he doesn’t accept a complimentary ice cream cone between then and now.

    Kids had it easy back in the time of Dickens.

  2. After ESPN’s John Clayton wrote on Twitter that there may not be a supplemental draft this year because Pryor isn’t eligible and there might not be any players to select, PFT contacted the NFL for clarification.

    “Has not been determined yet,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via e-mail.

    Georgia RB Caleb King was ruled academically ineligible and wants to apply, so my understanding is that they’d have a supplemental draft just for him.

    Terrelle Pryor’s attorney received a letter from Ohio State saying that he would have been ineligible for the 2011 season, so as per the NFL’s criteria that would also make Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft.

  3. Who cares? Most people that come out of the supplemental drafts are distractions and divas anyway, why you think they there in the first place?

  4. Freddy Adu is two weeks older than Terrelle Pryor and signed his first pro sports contract 7 1/2 years ago.

  5. Patrick Kane is the same age as Terrelle Pryor and grew up about a hundred miles away from him. So far in his pro sports career Kane has earned nearly $18 million, and he is locked up for the next four years to the tune of $25 million, which is more than Cam Newton will earn. All guaranteed.

    Two American kids aspiring to be professional athletes. One of them 5′-9″ tall and 160 pounds. The other 6′-6″ tall and 240 pounds. At the NHL Combine in his draft year Kane bench pressed 150 pound 4 times.

  6. Just let him become a UFA, no one cares about him anyway and unless he goes to the eagles which isnt gonna happen no one can coach this guy into anything else but a TE or WR

  7. @ucla
    Point is pretty obvious, I would hope. Pryor and Newton represent a segment of the population that just had their free market earning potential cut in half.

  8. Hobart,

    Is your point that he should have chosen hockey?

    How dare he be forced to play NCAA football and then forced to go to the NFL. Why couldn’t they have just let him chosen to be a hockey player like he wanted?

  9. @ucla – In Pryor, Adu, and Kane, you have three American kids, roughly the same age, growing up in roughly the same part of the country (Penn/NY/DC) who chose three different sports as careers. Given that football is by far the most lucrative team sport in the country, and Pryor towers over Kane by 9″ and Adu by 12″, you’d guess that Terrelle’s earning potential was exponentially greater. But Adu was earning top dollar from the age of 14 playing in the MLS, and Kane was earning top dollar playing in the NHL from the age of 18. Pryor is ostracized for trading a sweater for a tattoo when he was 21.

  10. I think Hobart’s point is that the road to the NFL is idiotic. For whatever reason fans have the weird notion that football and basketball players have to starve for three or four years in college while everyone else associated with the sports get rich.

    Then as soon as they’re drafted they get contracts that pay them a fraction of what they’d be worth in an open market. You don’t think Cam Newton would at least triple his pay in an open market?

  11. hobartbaker says:
    Jul 30, 2011 6:46 PM

    Adu was earning top dollar from the age of 14 playing in the MLS

    I love the MLS, but unless your name is Donovan, Beckham or Henry, you’re not making top dollar. Or even close to it.

  12. @tommyf15

    Yeah, it baffles me that they would still be quibbling over Pryor’s right to earn a living as an athlete. TP is certainly more unique as a pure athlete than Kane or Adu, along with 99.98% of the rest of the world. He was probably as good and unique at his sport at the age of 14 as Adu was. He was certainly as good and unique at his sport(s) at the age of 18 as Kane was. Why should he be in the situation he is now, as compared to the other two?

    Maurice Clarett had his life ruined (compare his situation to fellow MSU athlete Ryan Kesler, who was there at the same time, is a year younger, and signed a pro contract at 18), over the dual standard. Plus the pro life expectancy of an NFL running back is a fraction of a pro hockey player or soccer player. Half the top college running backs leave their best game behind them by the time they turn pro.

  13. @cosanostra – Adu got a pretty substantial contract from the MLS at the time. I think the plan was that when he outgrew it, he would go to Europe to play for one of the big name teams. But Freddy didn’t pan out as expected and is playing in Turkey, I believe.

  14. Another way to look at it is that Pryor could have died four years ago fighting for his country in a war, but he still is not allowed to earn a living playing football at home.

  15. I’m guessing the fact that there’s been no decision tells you that no team is very excited about the opportunity. If someone wanted him, the draft would happen. There are plenty of things for teams to deal with in this shortened off-season other than worrying about a supplemental draft to pick up a player and switch him to a new position. The kid just needs to wait for the regular draft next year. It’s nobody’s fault but his own that he’s out of football for the year.

  16. Maybe he should try Canada? They’d love to have him up there. I get the feeling that nobody much cares down here.

  17. @hobart. Boo freaking hoo. Please point out where any other players you mentioned knowingly broke the rules of the governing bodies that regulate their sport. You’re comparing apples and oranges. There isn’t a kid on earth physically ready to play NFL football at 18. I don’t care how big they are. Pryor brought his situation upon himself. Even if you don’t like the rules, you still have to follow them. Rules being “stupid” will never be an excuse.

  18. hobart-
    The reasoning I’ve heard stated regarding the three year rule is that an 18 year old’s body is just not mature enough for the pounding it takes in football. Nothing even close to the pounding they take week after week happens in soccer or hockey.

    Clarett had his life ruined by his unwillingness to work hard and his bad attitude and questionable NFL talent. Don’t blame it on anything else.

    You think Pryor should be eligible for the supplemental draft? Blame the players, they agreed to the rules in the CBA

  19. I think it’s even more funny that you bring up their height like athletes should be paid by their physical stature and strength and not by their ability to excell in their sport. Obviously, Kane doesn’t need to be able to bench 225 lbs multiple times just like Pryor doesn’t need to know how to skate.

    You weenies try to claim “unfair” in everything. I’m suprised you didn’t try to throw a race card out there while you were at it. And as a former Marine, I find it funny that you say “could’ve died fighting for his country”. Nope. The only people that applies to are the one’s that have the balls and honor to serve their nation.

  20. I think they should be able to turn pro at whatever point they want and are wanted. Running backs take more punishment than anyone, but they peak earlier than any other position. You get guys who are at the top of their game at that position before they turn 20.

    The injuries happen just the same in college. DaQuan Bowers is still 20, I believe, and an injury sustained prior to his being able to turn pro cost him about 20 million dollars so far, and counting. Mark Ingram likely would have earned more money coming out a year ago, even though he just turned 21. Maurice Clarett had the best season of his career before he turned 20. Big Mike Williams as well.

    In other sports the players are not expected to step right into the starting lineup. Some choose the college route if that is their thing and stay there until they feel they’re ready. Others play in development leagues and are paid a portion of their major league salary. The odd few step right into the show, and if they are able, why not?

  21. “The only people that applies to are the one’s that have the balls and honor to serve their nation.”

    Well said.

  22. Maybe the Dolphins do have a better hand then you think.

    They could essentially use the possibility that Pyror will be available in the supplemental draft as a way to pressure the Broncos into taking less for Orton then they initially wanted. Right now the Broncos have the leverage they know the Dolphins coaches are on the hot seat and they need to do reasonably well to save their jobs. And they know they need a qb to do that. Right now Orton is their only option. That could all change if Pyror comes into play. Who they could be able to acquire with a lesser draft pick then the Broncos want for Orton and also pay him a lot then what Orton is going to accept. While also giving them the qb competition they wanted all along.

    Maybe this could be just the thing needed to make 1 of theses teams jerk the wheel in this game of qb chicken.

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