NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell finally deemed former Ohio State quarterback Terrell Pryor eligible for Monday’s NFL Supplemental Draft. The announcement comes just days after Goodell postponed the draft, originally scheduled for this past Wednesday, because he needed more time to determine Pryor’s eligibility.
Pryor is finally allowed to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL but only under one condition: he must sit just like he would’ve, had he stayed at Ohio State. While the quarterback hopeful is allowed to participate with whatever team that drafts him during the preseason, once the season starts, Pryor must sit until week six of the NFL season. The only knowledge Pryor will gain during his time-out, will be from team meetings and the film room.
Goodell did, however, tell Pryor that he could file an appeal three days after signing his contract to his new team.
The suspension is nothing more than a carry-over from Pryor’s time at Ohio State, where he was suspended the first five games of Ohio State’s season for receiving improper benefits – now more commonly known as the “Tattoo Scandal”. Pryor’s NFL suspension has sent shockwaves throughout the NFL and NCAA college football communities, although Commissioner Goodell says that the suspension should not be considered a precedent for future rule-breakers attempting to leap to the NFL.
Drew Rosenhaus, Pryor’s agent, proclaimed his client should be picked-up in the first round of the draft during a press conference in which Terrell Pryor announced his decision to apply for the supplemental draft. However, scouts around the NFL don’t see many quarterback attributes in Pryor and have encouraged the Pennsylvania native to transition to another position.
With the suspension in place, Pryor’s only hope of becoming a first round selection may rest in the hands of Al Davis or Mike Brown. So at least there’s hope, but not able to see any live action for the first five weeks of the season probably means Pryor ends up in the sixth or seventh round.
Being picked in the sixth or seventh round of the supplemental draft may not have been part of Terrell Pryor’s dreams, but at least the chance to become a pro is there.
The Cleveland Browns have once again announced that they’ll be in attendance for Pryor’s Pro Day in Pittsburgh. It’s unclear, however, who the team will send to scout the former Buckeye.
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