After initially being shut out of the supplemental draft because of questions about his eligibility status, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will now be permitted to enter the draft, which is set for Monday at 1 p.m. The draft had initially been scheduled for yesterday, but the league delayed it to further study Pryor's situation.
Pryor is one of six players declared eligible for the draft. Pryor, who had been suspended by Ohio State before leaving the school, was not eligible until the league announced the change this morning.
However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell indicated that Pryor will be ineligible to play in the first five regular season games. He will also be ineligible to practice during that time period. 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.
Per the NFL, in explaining the reason for Pryor's status entering the legaue, 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.
The following six players have been declared eligible for selection in the supplemental draft:
Torez Jones, DB, Western Carolina
Caleb King, RB, Georgia
Keenan Mace, DE, Lindenwood
Mike McAdoo, DE, North Carolina
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State
Tracy Wilson, DB, Northern Illinois