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As of earlier this week, it appeared that Terrelle Pryor was set to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft. He was banned from the Ohio State program, and that appeared to pave the way towards his entry into the Supplemental Draft. Then, John Clayton dropped this bombshell without explanation.
Terrelle Pryor is ineligible because the NCAA and Ohio State haven't formally ruled anything on him and that needs to happen for the draftless than a minute ago via yoono Favorite Retweet ReplyJohn Clayton
At this point, everyone in the world who follows football and reads twitter got very confused. Thankfully, Ohio sports journalist Lori Schmidt got a comment out of NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, who says that they have not yet made a determination on Pryor's status. This matter appears to be very far from settled.
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor's status for the supplemental NFL draft was deemed "unclear" a few days ago. The problem being that, in order to be eligible for the draft, Pryor would have to prove that he was completely ineligible for the 2011 season at OSU.
Ohio State officially announced today that Pryor wouldn’t have been able to play at Ohio State at any point for the 2011 season and has banned him from any contact with the program for five years.
According to the Associated Press, Pryor’s lawyer, Drew Rosenhaus, "sought and received a letter from Ohio State stating that he would not have been eligible even after his five-game suspension to start the season".
And so, with that letter in hand, Pryor should be clear to enter the supplemental NFL draft, though that decision hasn't been confirmed yet.
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Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor's status for the supplemental NFL draft is unclear, but it sounds like he's about to take matters into his own hands, as he might pursue a lawsuit that would allow him into the NFL.
It's currently unclear whether Pryor is eligible for the supplemental draft, which is designed for players whose status has "changed in an unforeseen way," such as in the case of a player being dismissed from his team or missing the cut academically. Pryor would have to serve a five-game suspension if he had continued at Ohio State, due to his role in the scandal that has unfolded there. But he would still otherwise have been eligible for the rest of the season. He still had college eligibility, and he could have used it.
If it turns out that Pryor is not eligible for the supplemental draft, he would have to wait until next year's regular draft and begin his NFL career in 2012.
It's not yet clear what the basis of Pryor's legal argument might be.
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Former Ohio State Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor may not be eligible to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft, according to FOX Sports, which scored a great quote from league spokesman Greg Aiello:
"If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to FOXSports.com on Sunday. "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)."
That certainly would seem to spell doom for Pryor's chances to hook onto an NFL team this season. That was by no means guaranteed anyway, as recent revelations would indicate. However, there will be a supplemental draft at some point, as Alex Marvez points out at the end of his story. Georgia RB Caleb King has entered the supplemental draft after being declared academically ineligible.
George Whitfield, QB coach to the stars, is on the verge of being hired to be Terrelle Pryor’s QB coach and preparing the Ohio State star for a run at the NFL Supplemental Draft.
If Tony Dungy is the go-to guy for NFL players looking for a second chance, then George Whitfield is the go-to-guy for young quarterbacks looking for that first chance.
"I look forward to working with him. From a kid that grew up in Ohio and knows how important the Buckeyes are and my relationship with coach Tressel and his relationship with coach Tressel ... on top of the fact he’s talented and a big competitor. It’s a challenge to me. I know Terrelle wants to be as good as he can be."
Whitfield previously worked as an intern under then-Chargers coach Cam Cameron, where he worked with Phillip Rivers. He also runs various QB camps around the country that continue to grow.
Terrelle Pryor hasn't made too many good decisions lately but this might just be the best one he's made in long time.
QB Terrelle Pryor entered the Ohio State football program as one of the top-ranked players in the country but he'll leave as a low-end NFL draft pick, according to the scouting service National. Pryor received a 5.1 grade which translates to a sixth or seventh round draft pick, according to a report from National Football Post.
The former Ohio State QB is expected to be picked in the middle rounds in next month's supplemental draft. Pryor announced two weeks ago he was leaving Ohio State and later announced he would be entering the NFL supplemental draft in July.
A 9.0 grade is given to the very best draft picks while a 1.0 grade translates to someone with no future in professional football. A 7.0 is considered a first round pick while a 6.0 is someone in the top three rounds.
Despite the grades from the scouting services, NFL Network's Mike Mayock recently predicted he would be a fourth round pick. Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said publicly Pryor should be a first round pick. It's unclear which teams, if any, are interested in his services.
It's also unclear if there will even be a supplemental draft. The league has said they could conduct one while the NFLPA hasn't taken a position. Hopefully the NFL lockout is solved by then and this isn't a debate.
Though it's slightly out of season for him, NFL Network's draft guru, Mike Mayock, appeared on Total Access this weekto discuss QB Terrelle Pryor and the NFL supplemental draft, which is expected to be held sometime in July. Recently, Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, predicted Pryor would be a first round pick.
Most NFL observers say that's not a realistic prediction as the middle rounds appears to be where he'll land. Mayock says the Pryor talk starts with the fourth round and could move up to the third round if some team likes him.
One team Mayock named was the New York Jets, who could be losing a similar player to Pryor in free agency.
"The value for him as a rookie is in packages," Mayock said. "I think the New York Jets are the best wildcat team in the NFL offensively. Why? Because Brad Smith can throw the football just well enough to keep you honest. That's what I think this kid can do. He can be a package quarterback in Year One while you develop his skill set."
Interesting. This would require the Jets to not only put in a bid on Pryor when the supplemental draft comes but to put in the highest bid. I like Mayock's logic and, after thinking about it, this makes some sense. That said, we're still quite a ways from that actually happening.
QB Terrelle Pryor, fresh off leaving the Ohio State football program, confirmed at a Tuesday news conference that he will indeed enter the NFL's supplemental draft. Presumably the draft will take place in July, which is the same as years past.
Pryor and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, conducted a press conference on Tuesday where Rosenhaus said he believes Pryor is worth a first round pick and it wasn't just Rosenhuas who was touting Pryor on Tuesday. Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco, who also uses Rosenhaus as his agent, took to Twitter after spending some time working out with the former Ohio State QB.
I meant to say the media said [Terrelle Pryor] isn't NFL type QB,after running routes n seeing great timing n arm strength I beg to differ...With the right coaching after what I saw today with my own eyes he can be a great QB.
Most NFL observes say Pryor will be a mid-round pick -- possibly around the third to fifth round -- so not a lot of folks agree with Rosenhaus' assessment of a first round pick.
That said, it only takes one team to pull the trigger.
After leaving the Ohio State football program, QB Terrelle Pryor is deciding between the NFL supplemental draft and the UFL. Most folks expect him to enter the supplemental draft and embark upon his NFL career and to help him in that journey will be agent Drew Rosenhaus.
The Associated Press reports Pryor has chosen Rosenhaus as his agent for his NFL career. Rosenhaus is perhaps the most well-known NFL agent and shows that Pryor is serious about pursuing an NFL, not UFL, future.
We haven't yet heard any teams publicly indicate they're interested in Pryor but Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune suggests both Bay Area teams -- Raiders and 49ers -- should investigate the prospects of selecting Pryor in the supplemental draft.
If you are Al Davis and have a chance to put a once-in-a-generation athlete on the Raiders for the cost of a third-round pick or later, you do it.
If you are Jim Harbaugh, looking to build the talent base and remember Pryor as a guy most of the country thought superior to Andrew Luck as a high school senior, you give the hard sell to general manager Trent Baalke.
We'll see which team Rosenhaus will be negotiating with. If there is a supplemental draft, it will be held sometime in July.
What we know right now is that QB Terrelle Pryor has left the Ohio State football program and hopes to play in the NFL. He has not, however, officially been declared eligible for the NFL supplemental draft, which would be held in July if he were eligible.
Assuming he does eventually apply and is accepted for the supplemental draft, his NFL future doesn't sound incredibly bright. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports talked to one NFC head coach who said it's clear Pryor was all about himself at OSU.
"The more you read about this guy with the cars and the tattoos and money and all that other stuff ... Look, we all know how the college game works and what those [coaches] have to deal with, but this kid sounds like he didn't give a damn about anybody. He was just there for himself. He didn't even try to hide it. He flaunted it. If you're like that, it's hard to be a quarterback."
As for his play on the field, the head coach told Cole that whenever he watched Pryor's games he walked away wondering if that was it.
"I would have expected a lot more from Pryor by this time given all the hype out there about him from years ago," the NFC head coach said. "I'm not saying he's a bad player. He's a good player and maybe he'll become great. He has the tools to be great, all the raw ability we look for. I'm just saying that when I actually watched him play in games, I always came away thinking, ‘That's it?' I expected to see something really dominant and he was just good."
So Pryor will likely get drafted at some point next month if he's eligible for the NFL supplemental draft but I can't imagine it's very high. People are predicting a mid-to-late round pick for Pryor and, sort of like Mallett, I think his future largely depends on what kind of environment he's drafted into.
The CFL is out of the question for former QB Terrelle Pryor. The lawyer for the former Ohio State QB said on Thursday that Pryor, who is expected to apply for the NFL supplemental draft, will not be headed to the CFL, despite the Saskatchewan Rough Riders acquiring his rights.
Larry James, Pryor's lawyer, told ESPN the CFL offer was "not sufficient to whet his taste buds" so that leaves two options for Pryor -- NFL supplemental draft and the UFL.
The NFL supplemental draft remains the most likely scenario for Pryor. The league believes that, despite the lockout, they can hold a supplemental draft. If that's the case, it would likely be held in July, as it usually is. The supplemental draft is a silent auction with teams submitting 2012 draft picks as currency. The highest bidder wins the rights to Pryor and loses the corresponding draft pick in 2012.
The UFL is also apparently an option for Pryor. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the UFL remains an option for Pryor while CNBC's Darren Rovell recently reported that the UFL would consider offering equity in their league to a "marketable star", though it's not exactly clear if Pryor would qualify for that.
So it's down to the UFL and the NFL supplemental draft for Pryor. Assuming he's eligible for the supplemental draft, my money is on him entering his name and being selected by an NFL team.
The NFL Supplemental Draft isn't the only career option for departing Ohio St. Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor. There's the UFL, but at least one Canadian Football League team would like a word, having obtained Pryor's CFL negotiating rights.
According to an Associated Press report, Saskatchewan Roughriders general manager Brendan Taman and Pryor's lawyer Larry James have been in touch, with Taman saying he thinks of Pryor as a quarterback first.
Though playing in Canada for a season probably wasn't ever Pryor's dream, the chance to start for a pro team as a quarterback is one that shouldn't be overlooked. He's not likely to have a chance to compete for very much playing time in the hypothetical 2011 NFL season, especially since he'd have even less time than any of the quarterbacks picked in the NFL Draft to acclimate to his new team.
Ricky Williams made his way back into the NFL after playing in Canada, so it's not like the borders would close behind Pryor if he took a trip north.
Ever since QB Terrelle Pryor announced he was leaving the Ohio State Buckeyes football program folks have been assuming he'll enter his name into the supplemental draft. That's definitely a possibility and, according to his lawyer, that's what he wants to do.
But would the UFL be a better option? A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter it's possible.
A UFL source said Terrelle Pryor would benefit from the NFL coaching in the league, and there's "a decent shot" he could wind up in UFL.
Some might scoff but NFL teams that may look at him in the supplemental draft don't have the luxury of seeing his workouts from post-season events like the Senior Bowl or NFL Combine.
That said, I still think he enters the supplemental draft and a team picks him. There's some NFL head coach out there who thinks he can be the guy that transforms Pryor into a great quarterback. It's sort of the same situation with Tim Tebow when former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels thought he could be the guy to transform Tebow despite the question marks (and that could still happen, by the way, sans McDaniels).
Some coach out there will feel the same way and take a shot on Pryor.
QB Terrelle Pryor has left the Ohio State football team and it would appear he's on his way to entering the NFL supplemental draft. He does, however, have other options such as sitting out for a year, going to a lower-level school and playing right away or perhaps the CFL.
The best option, though, is the supplemental draft, where he's expected to be a mid-round pick.
''I would hope so. Also, he would hope so,'' Pryor's lawyer Larry James said of the supplemental draft. ''But he's going to take the next couple of days to get his head together.''
The NFL has not yet scheduled a supplemental draft as it's only conducted when there are applicants and, if he applies, Pryor would be the first. The date of the supplemental draft isn't clear but it would likely be sometime in July. The NFL says the previous CBA allows them to hold a supplemental draft, despite the lockout.
If Pryor is picked up in the supplemental draft then he may not be missing much. The rest of the players have been locked out since they were drafted so it's not like Pryor would be missing lots of OTA sessions with the coaches.
It wasn't totally unexpected but Terrelle Pryor, QB for the Ohio State football team, has ended his playing career at Ohio State, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. With the scandals surrounding Buckeye country lately, some thought he may take this route.
So the question becomes: What's next for Pryor?
We don't have a confirmed answer to that but, presumably, he'll be entering the NFL supplemental draft. I suppose it's also possible he goes to a lower-level school and plays right away. With the NFL lockout, we're not completely sure if there will even be a supplemental draft but, if that's the route Pryor takes, I'd imagine he feels comfortable that it will go on.
The NFL has said they can conduct a supplemental draft but there haven't yet been any applicants. The NFLPA, meanwhile, says they're not sure if a supplemental draft can take place during the lockout.
So now we wait on the official word from the Pryor camp on what his next move is. And, assuming it's the supplemental draft, we will also await word from the NFL that there will indeed be a supplemental draft.
The NFL said earlier this week that it's possible for them to hold a supplemental draft this year but they haven't yet received any applicants.
With the news coming out regarding Ohio State, some are wondering whether QB Terrelle Pryor could try to leave school early and enter the supplemental draft this summer so the viability of a supplement draft during a lockout could be an important question soon.
The NFLPA, though, isn't quite sure if they can do a supplemental draft. Spokesman George Atallah addressed the issue on PFT Live this week:
"I'm not sure, we're still looking into those issues " Atallah said. "We're in a situation now where we want to get this lockout resolved. It's unfortunate that we have to debate and discuss whether something like the supplemental draft can happen."
As of now, though, there are no applicants so it's a moot point until someone, like Pryor, applies.
The NFL supplemental draft is the less popular draft that takes places each summer prior to the upcoming NFL season. The regular draft is in April but the supplemental draft is designed for players who leave school after the deadline to apply for April's draft.
With the recent news from Ohio State and Jim Tressel's resignation, some are wondering if a player, like QB Terrelle Pryor, could head to the supplemental draft.
The first question is: will there even be a supplemental draft? The NFL and NFLPA currently don't have a labor agreement so it's unclear if the NFL would go ahead with the supplemental draft anyway. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that there "could" be a supplemental draft.
The second question is: who will apply to enter? At this point, the NFL says they've received no applications. Aiello notes that the supplemental draft isn't a mechanism to bypass April's draft so any applicants will be taken on a case-by-case basis.
So what we know right now that is that, yes, in theory there could be a supplemental draft and the NFL will determine that if they get any applicants, which they have not to this point.
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