Terrelle Pryor May Not Be Eligible For The Supplemental Draft After All
It appears that we're only a mere hours away from the NFL lockout coming to an end, and thus, we can finally start speculating about on-the-field matters, as opposed to rookie salary caps and guaranteed contacts.
One of those on-the-field matters includes former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who after leaving Columbus in early June, declared himself eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft. Only there's a problem: he might not be eligible for the draft that he declared himself eligible for.
Asked about this year's supplemental draft, NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello hinted that it may not even happen, as there might not be any players who are eligible to be drafted.
“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].”
And having left OSU on his own without having ever been ruled ineligible, bypassing the regular draft is exactly what Pryor would be doing. Of course, there's a good chance that had Pryor stuck around, he would have eventually been ruled ineligible by the NCAA or OSU as a part of an investigation into the half-dozen vehicles that the former Buckeye QB had been associated since he arrived on OSU's campus in 2008.
Should Pryor convince the NFL that his ineligibility was inevitable, he could potential be eligible for the supplemental draft. If not, he could wait until the next April's NFL Draft, or play in another league such as the UFL or CFL. But regardless of where he ends up, it sure does feel good to be talking about football-related matters again.
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