There's good news and bad news for former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor and the 2011 NFL supplemental draft. The NFL has ruled he is eligible to participate in the supplemental draft, which has been rescheduled for Aug. 22. That's the good news because he's been waiting on the final ruling of his eligibility for the draft.
The bad news is that he can not practice with a team or play in the first five games of the season. This is a strange rule by the NFL and one I don't remember seeing.
The league was apparently having a hard time determining Pryor's eligibility because, as the supplemental draft rules state, a player's status must have changed after April's draft. There was some debate as to whether Pryor's did and the way to get around that is, apparently, to punish him for the first five games of the season.
Even more bad news for Pryor is that, because he can not practice or play in the first five games of the season, his value is lower. A team that might have spent, for example, a fourth round pick on him, now might look at him as more of a sixth or seventh round pick, if draft-able at all.
In the big picture, though, this is good news for Pryor because, at the end of the day, he's getting hit NFL shot.