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Report: Pryor not eligible for supplemental draft, yet

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The NFL will have a supplemental draft on August 17.  As of right now, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor won’t be part of it.

Jason LaCafora of NFL Network reports that the NFL has sent a memo to all teams regarding the eligible players for the supplemental draft.

Per the report, Pryor isn’t on the list.  Georgia running back Caleb King is.

That said, LaCanfora reports that Pryor could be ruled eligible at a later date.  There aren’t many later dates left; the draft is set to occur in only eight days.

If Pryor is left out, it won’t be a surprise.  The NFL has been sending out vibrations over the past several weeks suggesting that it would find a way to exclude Pryor.  Ostensibly, the NFL wants to avoid allowing players to become eligible for the supplemental draft by simply quitting school and hiring an agent, even though:  (1) Pryor could have entered the April 2011 draft; (2) Pryor left school after his head coach resigned; and (3) Ohio State has since determined that Pryor would not have been eligible for any part of the 2011 season.  It’s possible that the league simply wanted to throw a bone to the NCAA.

Meanwhile, why hasn’t a decision been made?  It’s almost as if the NFL is testing the waters to see whether public opinion favors or opposes keeping Pryor out before deciding what to do.  Regardless of the ultimate decision, the kid needs to know where he stands, and soon.

If Pryor is indeed left out of the supplemental draft, Pryor would enter a Maurice Clarett/Mike Williams limbo.  Pryor can’t transfer to an FCS school and play this year because he has lost all eligibility by hiring an agent.  And he can’t enter the NFL.  Unless he heads to Canada or the UFL, Pryor would have to sit this one out, entering the 2012 draft pool.

UPDATE:  Agent Drew Rosenhaus says via Twitter than no decision has been made regarding Pryor’s status.

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62 Responses to “Report: Pryor not eligible for supplemental draft, yet”
  1. rambo08 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:36 PM

    Maybe this will humble Terrelle. Kid needs an attitude adjustment from what I’ve heard.

  2. skinsrock says: Aug 9, 2011 5:36 PM

    You can only hurt your stock by playing football… Wait til next year… Have good workouts & have some GM go “WOW” & boom your rich… It’s the Jamarcus Russell way.

  3. peester15 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:38 PM

    Who Cares?

  4. ninjapleazee says: Aug 9, 2011 5:39 PM

    or McDonalds needs a new fry guy

  5. phillyj112 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:39 PM

    I sure hope the kid took advantage of his full ride scholarship and at least learned something…….because otherwise hes moving north of the boarder.

  6. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2011 5:39 PM


    I’m not a Pryor fan, but this is unconscionable.

    The only reason Pryor even agreed to come back to OSU is because Tressel extorted him into it by saying he would be ineligible for the bowl game if he didn’t.

  7. reidtardinthepound says: Aug 9, 2011 5:39 PM

    That’s just so damn sad… Karma is a bitch.

  8. benh999 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:40 PM

    ‘Skins fans owe the NFL big for this one.

  9. beastofeden says: Aug 9, 2011 5:40 PM

    He can go work with Jamarcus at Pizza Hut for a year

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 9, 2011 5:41 PM

    PFT says not eligible “yet”. What could he do to become eligible? If nothing, why the “yet”?

  11. hobartbaker says: Aug 9, 2011 5:42 PM

    Lol, the World’s biggest Football team just signed a kid to a pro contract who is young enough to be Terrelle Pryor’s son. He would be going into second grade if he lived in the U.S. of A.

  12. bobulated says: Aug 9, 2011 5:43 PM

    Not condoning what Pryor did and I’m certainly not taking Ohio State’s side in all this either but isn’t this what the supplemental draft is for? Guys who have lost eligibility through unforeseen circumstances? I’m not going to pretend I know what kind of pro he will be but I feel Pryor deserves a chance to enter the draft and make his services available.

  13. vbe2 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:45 PM

    As it should be.

  14. prior0knowledge says: Aug 9, 2011 5:45 PM

    I don’t understand how he can’t be eligible for ANY football for a year because of some kind of bureaucratic rules.

    That is amazing.

  15. pfii63 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:46 PM

    They should let him play ONLY if he is automatically given to the Denver Broncos. Then PFT can save space on articles between Pryor and Teblow by posting them in the same space.

    Enough of this guy already.

  16. duanethomas says: Aug 9, 2011 5:46 PM

    This won’t end well. Idle time will not be good for him.

  17. paulyshore1 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:48 PM

    the CFL season started 6 weeks ago, That gives him a while its not like hes going to land a starting gig somewhere. The UFL is in the toilet. Going to be interesting yet insignificant. I doubt this guy gets much interest. Dolphins or

  18. robmix8 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:48 PM

    good for him

  19. Ye Delightful Pig says: Aug 9, 2011 5:48 PM

    Via @RosenhausSports:
    We spoke with the NFL today and were told that no decision has been made yet regarding Terrelle’s eligibility for the supplemental draft

  20. hobartbaker says: Aug 9, 2011 5:49 PM

    If you compare his situation to Maurice Clarette and Mike Williams, you don’t have to be a particularly clever lawyer to show that the archaic and unreasonable rules of the NFL can cause SEVERE SETBACKS to the career aspirations, earning potential, health, and well being of young men who get caught in the trap.

  21. packh8er says: Aug 9, 2011 5:51 PM

    phillyj112 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:39 PM

    I sure hope the kid took advantage of his full ride scholarship and at least learned something…….because otherwise hes moving north of the boarder.


    Hopefully that’s now where you went to school or he’s screwed. The BORDER isn’t made of wood.

  22. 1mge says: Aug 9, 2011 5:58 PM

    So if you skip the draft, flunk out of school in Spring you can go to the supp draft.
    But if you skip the draft, then coach quits, then school gets sanctions for acts not pertaining to you the NFL says you can’t join sup draft?????

  23. bunjy96 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:58 PM

    If he wanted to play that bad ($) there were ways he could have done it without trying to go thru the supplemental draft.

    PFT outlined this some weeks ago.

    To allow him to do it will open a pandora’s box that can never be closed.

    He screwed up, not the league. Let him pay for it-no pun intended.

  24. theashleyguy says: Aug 9, 2011 6:01 PM

    Pryor is unattached. He doesn’t go to any NCAA school and he is not eligible for the supplemental draft. There is absolutely nothing stopping any NFL team from signing him to a contract. They can sign Joe Smith at the corner drugstore to an NFL contract if they want to and nobody can say anything. They can sign Pryor, too.

  25. asarabi says: Aug 9, 2011 6:05 PM

    This is America. Let the kid play. If he’s good enough, he’ll make a roster. If he’s not he’ll be cut because his contract isn’t guaranteed. He’s an adult, let him try to earn a living.

  26. headhunter11 says: Aug 9, 2011 6:06 PM

    Oh, well back to work at 7/11

  27. pkrjones says: Aug 9, 2011 6:06 PM

    Why must the NFL “Blackball” him? If he’s not eligible for the NCAA and he’s satisfied all other NFL age requirements then let him in! If he’s talented enough to play NFL ball and a team thinks they can coach him, why screw with his ability to earn a living playing football?

  28. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 9, 2011 6:09 PM

    Maybe he should NOT have traded autographed crap for tattoos. If he had stayed out of trouble, Pryor would have probably stayed in school for his senior year-thereby having an opportunity to improve his play & be more attractive to NFL teams. A hard (and possibly VERY expensive) lesson, but 1 he should try to learn from.

  29. hoosierdude says: Aug 9, 2011 6:10 PM


    Isn’t this what the supplemental draft is for? Guys who have lost eligibility through unforeseen circumstances?

    Are you saying that losing eligibility due to trading memorabilia for money, tattoos, and free wheels is an “unforeseen circumstance”? If so, maybe remaining ineligible will improve his ability to foresee the consequences of his actions.

  30. zn0rseman says: Aug 9, 2011 6:10 PM

    I don’t like OSU, or Pryor for that matter, but I too think it’s BS if he isn’t allowed into the Supplemental Draft. He came back to OSU only because they gave him lots of assurances that turned out not to be true. He also, based on all NFL rules, should absolutely be eligible… so is the NFL going to destroy this kid’s dream just to appease NCAA fat cats who want to make an example out of him?

    Also, the whole investigation stank from top to bottom in the first place. Programs like USC and Auburn are handing players wads of cash and new cars, and a Midwest team with mostly second tier talent is getting demonized because their coach waited to report that some playersgot free tattoos in exchange for autographs and a few knick-knacks???

    Anyone else see a problem here?

  31. realdraftgm says: Aug 9, 2011 6:12 PM

    if they don’t let this kid in they will win in court, second if he was white he would already be in, third the nfl cannott keep someone out based on a favor that viloates rules, if he meets rule eligibility and the ncaa is trying to somehow make him ineligible by finagabling the nfl blackmailing, offering incentives, threatning to not offer incentives if he is allowed in, it is all corrupt. The ncaa cannot have it both ways policing kids and at the same time not following rules themselves it is time for another organization to police the ncaaa they are too powerful and proving to possibley be corrupt and the nfl is obviously corrupt if they do not let this kid in who obviously would of been denied eligibility this year as Ohio State has already said; this all seems to come back to Roger Goodell somhow and his personal conduct policy he did not want to give up; this has nothing to do with personal conduct but obviously Goodel makes the decisions and I smell him on this Pryor issue all the way and the nfl players association should stand up for Pryor becasue yes this is irreperable harm and he should get at lest ten million in court.

  32. andyreidisfat says: Aug 9, 2011 6:16 PM

    So there is a list of players who will be in the draft and the only name you give us is a kid who will most likely never be a factor in the nfl.

    How bout giving us the full list.

  33. romoscollarbone says: Aug 9, 2011 6:19 PM

    I just did a quick google search, and in 07-08 OSU football revenue was 117 million dollars. I’m assuming in 2010 it was a tick higher. Why don’t they pay these kids? Seriously, he traded his own autograph, jerseys, and ring for tattoos and use of a flashy car. Gimme a break.

    The NFL is so bleeh sometimes with their decision making. If the NFL is truly a business, make it a business decision. Pryor generates interest, which generates more $, end of discussion.

  34. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 6:19 PM

    “can cause SEVERE SETBACKS to the career aspirations, earning potential, health, and well being of young men who get caught in the trap”

    His own actions caused the setbacks. He’s not ENTITLED to anything. The rules have been in place for longer than Pryor’s been breathing. He made the choice to run afoul of them.
    The fact that they’re ridiculous changes nothing. You can’t decide you will only abide by the rules that you happen to like.

    He’d be smart to sit down and shut up. If he’s as great as he thinks he is, the money will be there next year. If he tries to stuff himself into the NFL through the courts, he’s done.

  35. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 6:22 PM

    And again…
    *Crickets chirping*

  36. samoanjungle says: Aug 9, 2011 6:27 PM

    Maybe this will teach the kid to think things through in making life choices and understand that the rules apply to EVERYONE.

  37. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 6:28 PM

    A big strapping kid like Pryor…. I’d bet he can dig a hell of a ditch.
    He probably won’t starve…..

  38. tjacks7 says: Aug 9, 2011 6:31 PM


    i disagree. if he uses his time wisely and gets a few arrests under his belt, he’ll be a hot commodity when he’s allowed to sign.

  39. daudi88 says: Aug 9, 2011 6:38 PM

    As a Buckeye alum, I would like to see him pay some kind of price for the situation he caused back at tOSU. Yes, Tressel did wrong, but Pryor started the snowball down the hill…

    That said, I am not sure I care either way.

  40. p01ntman says: Aug 9, 2011 6:38 PM

    Let him play for the above listed reasons.
    If eligible for the 2011 draft then you should be eligible at supp(er) time!

  41. greymares says: Aug 9, 2011 6:45 PM

    FOR GOD,S SAKE IT;S A PLAY FOR PAY LEAGUE. any steroid using, hgh user or recreational drug using alcoholic is eligible to play until they are found out and punished, but this is done after they are let in. i don;t think the kid will ever amount to a pinch of puppy crap as a professional player but he deserves a chance to try.

  42. thetooloftools says: Aug 9, 2011 7:04 PM

    3) Ohio State has since determined that Pryor would not have been eligible for any part of the 2011 season. —- Ohio State only said that AFTER he quit. The Buckeyes are trying to dig themselves out of a grave so they will say anything at this point. I think Tressel is going to throw himself on the grenade and take a big one for the team.

  43. sieg1234 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:18 PM

    I think this website should refrain from even talking about Pryor anymore. 1.) Pryor is GARBAGE. He is not a real QB, he can’t pass worth a _____, and he couldn’t handle the NFL mentally (not the playbook or the money/fame). 2.) If a team is stupid enough to take a flyer on Pryor, they need to be exiled from the league.

  44. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 9, 2011 7:24 PM

    SO the Kid made bad choices 90% of s on here did at that age. So he’s a bit of a turd with attitude problem, so are 75% of you on here. Give him a chance, I would bet 30% of current Nfl players got away with alot worse than Pryor did. Why the hell did I put so many percentages in this paragraph? 50% Jackass I guess.

  45. 1mge says: Aug 9, 2011 7:33 PM

    If his coach quit & he was told he was ineligible for the 2011 NCAA season prior to the draft he would have declared himself & been drafted.

    These were “unforeseen circumstances” which by the NFL guidelines makes him eligible for the supp draft.

    & I’m NOT a Ohio ST fan by any means!!!

  46. maninmo says: Aug 9, 2011 7:57 PM

    Why can’t he just sign with a team as a free agent?

  47. ch8878 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:02 PM

    NFL don’t want him to out play the #1 NFL Draft Pick

  48. lionsrawr says: Aug 9, 2011 8:13 PM

    I just did a quick google search, and in 07-08 OSU football revenue was 117 million dollars. I’m assuming in 2010 it was a tick higher. Why don’t they pay these kids? Seriously, he traded his own autograph, jerseys, and ring for tattoos and use of a flashy car. Gimme a break.


    what about the other 120ish ncaa teams? what was their bottom line for last year? i’ll give you a hint, there are less than a dozen ncaa football programs that break even…

  49. doe22us says: Aug 9, 2011 8:16 PM

    Its not the end of the world he can always try next yr…

  50. whatevnfl says: Aug 9, 2011 8:22 PM

    He can’t be a free agent until he goes through a draft and is not selected.

    But I just don’t get this – let him in or don’t let him in, but at least make a decision and let the kid know. So weird. I sincerely doubt though that the nfl is waiting on public opinion…they don’t care, they do what they want to do.

  51. packers291 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:51 PM

    Why can’t the NFL just be consistent with its policy? Take the subjectivity out of the decision and follow pre-set guidelines for circumstances like this. That way future athletes will know with 100% certainty whether or not they will eligible for a supplemental draft.

  52. stockdogdca says: Aug 9, 2011 9:06 PM

    Amazing ! The entire program (OSU) from top to bottom screwed the pooch on the violations ! Why should the NFL punish this kid further ? Did he conspire the whole thing and it was a condition of him signing his LOI with OSU or has this been going on for decades? All this coming from a guy that played years ago at USC and i’m convinced there are NO sainted programs out there. Pryor has left his reputation forever tarnished @ OSU just like everyone else ! If they block him he should go play in Canada and wait for next years draft…………

  53. rollerino1 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:39 PM

    If the NCAA would let these college athletes WORK in the off season and/or accept gifts, they would not have to come off of one red cent.

  54. ballinmore says: Aug 9, 2011 9:59 PM

    I’m assuming he can get at least partial unemployment for his loss of funds coming from Ohio State. Next quote will be “Damn I expexted a pay cut but I aint even think about not gettin paid at all”

    You knew this guy was a moron when he committed to The University of Ohio State as he called it when he signed his letter.

  55. majorseahawk says: Aug 9, 2011 10:22 PM

    I don’t get it, why try and exclude him? So what if he quit school, its hardly a tarnish on the NFL’s image when they got convicts playing for them right now.

  56. abninf says: Aug 9, 2011 10:53 PM

    beastofeden says:
    He can go work with Jamarcus at Pizza Hut for a year

    I’m sure he still has that free 350Z so he could deliver.

  57. zn0rseman says: Aug 9, 2011 11:40 PM

    I can’t believe some idiot on here is claiming that Pryor is being punished because he’s not white. Seriously??? Get a clue.

  58. goforthanddie says: Aug 9, 2011 11:43 PM

    O Canada…

  59. txtuff says: Aug 10, 2011 1:03 AM

    No doubt the kid screwed up and made his own bed, my first thought is let him sleep in it. But one year away from NCAA and the NFL will just be negative for somebody who with the right help and mentor can turn his life around and make a success story. So I say let him inter the draft and hopefully join a team that can help him!

  60. briang123 says: Aug 10, 2011 2:04 AM

    Freerealgm is 100 percent right in that if Pryor were white he’d be in already. Pryor is treated exactly like Obama. I don’t think an of the Southern teams are going to accept him. Fans are going to picket him training camp and yell racial slurs if any of those teams pick him.

  61. russgrant says: Aug 10, 2011 12:42 PM

    He got caught in the middle of a scandal that got his coach and AD fired. The NCAA will be hard pressed not to death penalty Ohio State over his and his team mates “transgressions” given how they have treated other schools in the past. A year off is minimal punishment for his role.

  62. 50hawkchick says: Aug 10, 2011 3:49 PM

    This isn’t about race or politics. It’s whether or not he should be allowed in the supplemental draft. Personally I don’t think he should be rewarded for breaking the rules over and over. He was given a free ride to college and look what he did with that. I don’t think he should be allowed in the NFL at all.

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