The supplemental draft remains scheduled for Wednesday. The NFL remains silent on the eligibility of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
It’s wrong. Regardless of whether he’s in or he’s out, the league should have let Pryor know where he stands. At this point, it’s fair to interpret silence as rejection, and we’d have a lot more respect for the league if they simply would have told Pryor that he’s out. [UPDATE: The league has postponed the supplemental draft, which means that he's still not out. And yet he's still not in.]
We’d also have more respect for the league if they’d articulate a reason for jerking Pryor around. Absent an explanation, I’ll assume that the league is throwing a bone to the custodians of the free farm system by ensuring the Pryor won’t play college football or NFL football in 2011.
Regardless of whether the league’s rules permit Pryor to be excluded from the supplemental draft based on the evidence, including proof that either the NCAA or Ohio State — or both — wouldn’t have let him play in 2011, Pryor deserves an answer. On the eve of the supplemental draft, he hasn’t gotten one.
Lawyer David Cornwell joined PFT Live on Tuesday to make a compelling case for Pryor, confirming that Pryor was advised to leave Ohio State and that new coach Luke Fickell wouldn’t return Pryor’s calls. And yet plenty of people will continue to believe, incorrectly, that the problem arises from Pryor’s decision to sabotage his eligibility for the purposes of entering the supplemental draft by leaving school and hiring an agent.
We highly recommend watching the entire 10-minute-or-so segment with Cornwell, who makes a passionate case against the hypocrisy of the NCAA — and who doesn’t close the door on legal action if Pryor isn’t included in the supplemental draft.