NFL Spokesman Greg Aielo hinted in an e-mail to FoxSports.com that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor might not be eligible for the NFL’s supplemental draft, which would mean that the NFL is out of the question for him, at least in 2011.
Pryor might be facing a similar road to the NFL that another former Buckeye—Maurice Clarett—faced years ago before he was selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
Here is what Aielo said in his e-mail to FoxSports.com:
“If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,” Aiello said in the email. “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).”
Should there be no supplemental draft, it would also mean that Georgia running back Caleb King is ineligible for the league as well. If these two players are ineligible, and with training camps likely less than 10 days away already, it seems as though they might be, they should look to the CFL for at least the rest of this season to keep up on the football side of things.
You could always continue to workout for a full year but nothing beats getting game action. Then again, if Pryor is riding the bench for some CFL team, he’s only getting paid while limiting his development and other things he could be doing.
It could all be a very ugly situation for the former Ohio State star, but it’s looking more and more like the NFL will have to wait for Terrelle Pryor, and vice versa. At least for now.