Tag:NFL Supplemental Draft
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 11:40 am
 

NFL rules Pryor eligible for supplemental draft


Terrelle Pryor is eligible for the upcoming NFL Supplemental Draft, but is suspended for the first five games of the season. Pete Prisco joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss the latest.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier this week, the league postponed the NFL Supplemental Draft, originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 17. There was no reason given, but presumably the decision was made to give the NFL more time to consider if former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor should be made eligible for the draft.

On Thursday, the NFL announced that the draft has been rescheduled for August 22, and that Pryor will be eligible -- but with one caveat: "Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs."

Details via the NFL statement released to all 32 teams:

"... 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."

Next up: finding a team interested enough in Pryor to actually select him. With the supplemental draft now four days away, Pryor will likely take part in a hastily convened pro day (his previous pro day was cancelled because he was still ineligible), and then it will be out of his hands.

In June, shortly after Pryor left Ohio State, agent Drew Rosenhaus announced in a press conference that he expected Pryor to be a "first-round pick." Reviews from NFL analysts and front-office types were far less glowing, indicating that Pryor was more likely a late-round selection. To his credit, Pryor said in July that he didn't care where he was taken as long as he got a chance.

Well, we'll find out next Monday exactly what NFL teams think he's worth.

via SBJ's Daniel Kaplan

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 6:51 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 7:17 pm
 

NFL postpones supplemental draft, Pryor benefits

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The NFL notified all 32 teams Tuesday that the supplemental draft, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed. No new date has been set.

During a normal offseason, such news would be met with a yawn -- if that -- by most fans, but this year is different. For starters, we've just endured a four-month lockout, which pushed the supplemental draft back from its usual mid-July date on the NFL schedule to the middle of August. But there's also the matter of one name trying desperately to be eligible for this year's supplemental draft: Terrelle Pryor.

Quick refresher for those of you just back from Mars: Pryor promptly left Ohio State in June amid a scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job. He then hired superagent Drew Rosenhaus, who convened a PR event and called it a press conference to inform the world that Pryor was a first-round pick (among other things). Pryor later admitted that he didn't care where he was drafted just, he just wanted an opportunity.

As things seemed to be falling into place (several teams had expressed interest in the former Ohio State QB), Pryor last week had to cancel his pro day because he wasn't on the NFL's supplemental draft list.

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson explained at the time that, "This uncertainty for Pryor actually is in line with all the reports we've heard since he decided to bounce out of Ohio State after their program got a not-so-friendly visit from the NCAA. In fact, that aforementioned visit probably has a lot to do with the NFL's decision -- they don't want to grant eligibility to someone who doesn't actually meet the requirements for the supplemental draft."

On Sunday, reports surfaced that Pryor was trying to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to determine his standing in the eyes of the league. As Brinson noted in his post, a statement from Pryor's attorney, David Cornwell, made it sound like Pryor would be eligible for the draft.

"We have been in discussions with the Commissioner’s office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns," Cornwell wrote. "I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday’s supplemental draft."

Well, there will be no supplemental draft on Wednesday, but whenever it's rescheduled, it seems that Pryor might now be apart of it.

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Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:19 am
 

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Posted by Will Brinson

The beginning of the 2011 season looms on the horizon, and for a few as-yet-drafted folks, so does the August 17 NFL supplemental draft. One of those folks is Terrelle Pryor, whose status for said draft is still up in the air.

To clear the air, Pryor is reportedly seeking to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell on either Monday or Tuesday and determine exactly where he stands with the NFL. That's according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who also reports that Pryor has apparently "already shown that it was inevitable he was going to get kicked out of Ohio State."

This is important because the NFL's basis for keeping Pryor out currently revolves around his simply leaving school and hiring an agent. PFT also obtained a statement from Pryor's attorney, David Cornwell, in which Pryor's representation sounds confident that he'll end up eligible for the draft.

"We have been in discussions with the Commissioner’s office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns," Cornwell wrote. "I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday’s supplemental draft."

The supplemental draft is this Wednesday, which leaves very little time for Pryor to get approved by the NFL and then hold a pro day. Previously it was believed that at least three teams were interested in checking out what the former Buckeye had to offer, but because of Pryor's status, he had to postpone his earlier scheduled pro day.

Even without a pro day, though, someone will, we'd think, take a flier on Pryor anyway, simply based on his talent alone. Especially if it only cost them a sixth-round pick in 2012.

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor postpones pro day, waits for NFL

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor's pro day was scheduled for Friday even though a recent league memo didn't list him as one of the players eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft scheduled for August 17.

Not yet, anyway.

On Tuesday, CBSSports.com's Will Brinson pointed to a report by NFL Network's Jason La Canfora that said the league "could make a final determination" on Pryor's status later because of the their "rolling" decision-making process on player eligibility and the supplemental draft.

So the wheels of progress appeared to be moving, albeit slowly. "We spoke with the NFL today and were told that no decision has been made yet regarding Terrelle's eligibility for the supplemental draft," agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted Tuesday.

Well, here's the latest via ESPN's Adam Schefter: Pryor's pro day is now on hold until the league decides whether he's eligible.

When that will happen remains unclear, although we can assume that it probably won't be by Friday.

Here's what we know: the supplemental draft is a week off and if the league declares Pryor eligible, he will have just a few days to organize a workout and invite interested parties to show up. Pro days, in general, are pressure-packed; players are performing for their football future. If Pryor doesn't show well, that could mean the difference between, say, going in the third or fourth round, and going undrafted.

In terms of possible suitors, here's what Brinson wrote Tuesday:

Despite no decision on Pryor, multiple reports note that teams that will be in attendance for Pryor's pro day. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Browns will attend, CBSSports.com's Redskin Rapid Reporter John Keim says the Redskins will show up, and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys will be there as well.

This uncertainty for Pryor actually is in line with all the reports we've heard since he decided to bounce out of Ohio State after their program got a not-so-friendly visit from the NCAA. In fact, that aforementioned visit probably has a lot to do with the NFL's decision -- they don't want to grant eligibility to someone who doesn't actually meet the requirements for the supplemental draft.

For now, we wait.

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor not on supplemental draft list yet

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday we mentioned that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor set up a pro day in anticipation of the NFL's Supplemental Draft on August 17. So here's some bad news: he's not eligible for the draft.

Yet.

On the first part, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the league sent a memo to all its teams with a list of players eligible for supplemental draft. Running back Caleb King of Georgia is on the list, but Pryor is not.

However, on the "yet" part, LaCanfora cites multiple sources who say the league "could make a final determination" on his eligibility later as a result of the fact that it's decision-making process for the supplemental draft is "rolling."

And Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed as much on Tuesday afternoon.

"We spoke with the NFL today and were told that no decision has been made yet regarding Terrelle's eligibility for the supplemental draft," Rosenhaus tweeted on Tuesday.

Despite the lack of a decision on Pryor, multiple reports have emerged noting teams that will be in attendance for Pryor's pro day. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Browns will attend, John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports the Redskins will show up, and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys will be there as well.

This uncertainty for Pryor actually vibes with all the reports we've heard since he decided to bounce out of Ohio State after their program got a not-so-friendly visit from the NCAA.

In fact, that aforementioned visit probably has a lot to do with the NFL's decision -- they don't want to grant eligibility to someone who doesn't actually meet the requirements for the supplemental draft. (The league's concern with Pryor is that didn't exactly suffer from a "hardship" that "changed his status" and whatnot.)

So it's possible that Pryor could still get a shot at the NFL in 2011. He's certainly made it clear that he doesn't care when he gets taken or where he goes -- he just wants to play in the NFL.

Unfortunately at the moment, another league is looking like his best option, though things can certainly change.

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:17 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Pryor doesn't care if he's 1st or 7th-round pick

Posted by Ryan Wilson

As the owners and players rush to finalize a new collective bargaining agreement, we've heard theories about how an abbreviated free-agent signing period might work -- and the domino effect it could have on the timing of training camps and the preseason, particularly the Hall of Fame game. Lost in the mix of this conversation: the supplemental draft.

In a typical offseason, the NFL's supplemental draft takes place in mid-July, but due to the lockout, it's been pushed back indefinitely. Meantime, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has joined forces with super-agent Drew Rosenhaus, and we've been treated to everything from theatrical press conferences to staged workouts.

Despite Rosenhaus' PR push (which included an "I expect him to be a first-round pick" decree last month), the consensus from personnel types seems to be that Pryor is a late-round talent.

Turns out, Pryor is fine with that.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pryor continues to work out in Florida with former NFL quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson and doesn't care where he's drafted. "Whether I go as a first-round (supplemental) draft pick or a seventh-round draft pick, it doesn't matter," he said. "When I get in there, I'm going to work my butt off and compete."

Sounds like someone's been listening to Herm Edwards: Motivational Speaker. (At the NFLPA rookie symposium last month, one of the points Edwards stressed was that where you're drafted is irrelevant. "I was not drafted," he said at the time. "I was a free agent. Played for 10 years, men. Never missed a game, never missed a practice. I was ready to go when they kicked the ball off. Make sure you're ready to go.")

It's probably the right way to approach something as unpredictable as the NFL draft, although every player, no matter what they might say, wants to be drafted as early as possible. (Some, like Tom Brady, even cry when they recount their personal -- and very traumatic, it turns out -- draft weekend experiences, even if they are one of the best players on the planet.)

For now, though, all Pryor can do is continue to train and refine his technique. "Footwork and getting my hips right during my throwing motion is the biggest thing [Anderson's] taught me," he said. "Little things to make me a better quarterback. … I'm getting a chance to work on things I didn't do well at Ohio State. I have a chance to get better. I want to be the best quarterback I can possibly be."

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Ken Anderson now working with Terrelle Pryor

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor's transition from college to the NFL hasn't been quiet or without controversy. This is what happens when you drop out of school amid a scandal and hire Drew Rosenhaus to hold infomercials proclaiming that you're a first-round pick while people whose job it is to make such judgments state exactly the opposite.

But we give Pryor credit. Instead of coming off as aloof and entitled, which sometimes happens to college athletes accustomed to being the center of their universe, Pryor appears to be working hard, saying all the right things, and preparing for the supplemental draft. That doesn't make him any more of an NFL quarterback, but it does make him more likable. And in the world we live in, where public perception is as important as on-field productivity, it's a good start.

The latest evidence: Pryor is working with former Bengals quarterback and NFL assistant coach Ken Anderson, who has mentored high school and college QBs since retiring from the Steelers in 2009. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Pryor and Anderson worked together Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida, where Pryor was attending the NFLPA Rookie Symposium. Anderson called Pryor "an interesting kid." Adding: "His throwing motion and arm is good and he can make all the throws."

More details via Reedy:
Two more weeks of workouts are planned in Fort Lauderdale. The hope is in the interim that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement can be reached. A Pro Day-type workout for Pryor and the Supplemental Draft are on hold due to the lockout. …

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reached out to Anderson about working with Pryor. Some thought that George Whitfield, who prepped Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for this year's draft, would be the guy but it was Anderson who got the call.
Which we take to mean that Whitfield, in fact, won't be working with Pryor, even though he was under that impression as well earlier this week.

As for what Anderson has in mind for Pryor, he tells Reedy that "We're working on a lot of different things right now like NFL concepts, the passing tree and footwork. He does a nice job understanding things and how it translates."

What that means for Pryor's professional prospects is an entirely different story. The NFL scrap heap is littered with tales of workout warriors who excelled in shorts and t-shirts but couldn't replicate that success in pads surrounded by 21 other guys.

For now, Pryor continues to train, trying to convince his doubters that he can play quarterback in the NFL. There's no denying his athleticism. It's just that it's going to take some Herculean improvements to persuade the skeptics that Pryor's not the next coming of Tarvaris Jackson.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Pryor to work out with QB coach George Whitfield

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We joked yesterday on the Eye on Football podcast that Drew Rosenhaus took a break from preaching the gospel of Terrelle Pryor (he's a first-round pick!) to announce that another of his clients, Terrell Owens, will start in the NFL this season despite his age (37) and recent surgery for an ACL injury.

But today it's back to Pryor, the former Ohio State quarterback who has yet to play one down in the NFL. He'll enter the supplemental draft, which will take place in the coming weeks assuming the owners and players can agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.

In preparation for that eventuality, Pryor has been working out. And we're not just talking about the Rosenhaus-produced highlight tape, either. According to the Canton Repository, Pryor will train with renowned quarterback coach George Whitfield, who has also worked with Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger.

“It is my understanding I am heading (to Miami),” said Whitfield. “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.”

Opinions vary about Pryor's NFL stock though most analysts peg him as a late-round pick. Rosenhaus says Pryor is an NFL quarterback, while others speculate that Pryor might have to change positions to stick in the league. Whitfield disagrees.

“I almost jumped off the couch when I heard that (Pryor might have to move to tight end),” he said. “They put in all their chips against him, and made a definitive statement about a guy who is 31-4 at one of the more premier college programs in America.”

It's no secret that Pryor needs to improve his footwork in the pocket and that's what Whitfield aims to do.

“The big thing is I’ve got to get him more familiar with his operation in the pocket in terms of footwork and throwing from the pocket,” he said. “Of the guys I’ve worked with, Pryor has played more under center than any of them. It’s not that he’s deficient in that area, but it’s what the NFL wants. The league puts a premium on operation from the cockpit, and we’ll work on that.”

Working with Whitfield certainly can't hurt, although Pryor will have to show substantial progress to raise his draft stock. But it's worth remembering that, despite Rosenhaus' "first-round" proclamations, the journey doesn't end for Pryor after the draft. That's when it begins. Wherever he ends up, he'll sit on the bench for a couple seasons, learn the nuances of the position and go from there.

The long-range plan sometimes gets obscured by all that comes before it -- the scandal, the Rosenhaus hype, the media response -- but on the right team Pryor could very well find his niche. The trick is making a match.

(In related news: it sounds like the Ravens aren't interested)

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