After months of speculation, the NFL has announced their plans for the 2011 Supplemental Draft as well as making a statement regarding the eligibility of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Here’s the official release from the league:
The Supplemental Draft, originally scheduled for August 17, has been rescheduled for Monday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The following six players have been declared eligible for selection in the Supplemental Draft:
|Torez Jones||DB||Western Carolina|
|Mike McAdoo||DE||North Carolina|
|Terrelle Pryor||QB||Ohio State|
|Tracy Wilson||DB||Northern Illinois|
No other applications for the Supplemental Draft will be accepted.
In addition to being notified that Terrelle Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, NFL clubs were informed that Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules. This resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football. Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules.
In his decision allowing Pryor to enter the Supplemental Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs. Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, negotiate and sign a contract with an NFL club, and fully participate in the remainder of the preseason.
So while the NFL is allowing Pryor into the Supplemental Draft, a stern message has been delivered to Pryor with both the words from the league as well as the five game suspension. The five week suspension along with Pryor missing the first three weeks of training camp will make it very difficult, if not impossible for him to contribute in 2011.
The Supplemental Draft rules state that any team wishing to select a player in a given round must forfeit their pick in the corresponding round of the following year’s draft. For example, if the Seahawks (random choice) select Pryor in the third round of the Supplemental Draft, they’ll lose their third round pick in next April’s draft. With the current situation for Pryor, it looks like he’ll be quite similar to a 2012 draft pick. This is because of the five game suspension without him even being able to practice during that time. Pryor will most likely be a devolpmental player for a team in 2011, with the possibility of making an impact in 2012 following a whole off-season to adjust to speed of the NFL game as well as to learn the playbook of whatever team he winds up with.
For an excellent recap of the history of QBs in the supplemental draft, check out this blog by our own Jesse Agler.
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