Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been ruled eligible for the NFL supplemental draft. The catch, he must sit the first 5 games of the season (including practice) for NCAA violations.
“… 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, which 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. Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is setting an interesting prescedent (with the full consent of the NFLPA I might add) are the NCAA and NFL linked now that college rulings extend to your professional career? We all know the system is broken but extending those rulings in situations such as this seems extremely unfair. There were no laws broken and isn’t the whole idea of a “supplemental draft” really tailored for situations like this? A player who for whatever reason couldn’t participate in the real draft. It’s something to watch for in the future.
In the meantime, the supplemental draft takes place on Monday, August 22nd. Pryor will be able to participate in preseason games. He’s a little lighter in the pocket behind this but still ahead of where he’d be had he stayed in school…