Tag:Supplemental Draft
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Podcast: Vick, Pryor, Tebow and Rookie QBs

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Doug Farrar of Yahoo.com's Shutdown Corner blog and FootballOutsiders.com (buy FO's 2011 Almanac now!) joins the podcast to talk about Terrelle Pryor's newfound supplemental draft eligibility, Michael Vick's GQ interview, and commissioner Roger Goodell's role in all this.

There is actual football going on, as well. Farrar gives us his take on the rookie quarterbacks, including the revelation that he thinks Jake Locker could be the Titans starter even though the team paid Matt Hasselbeck $9 million. We discuss whether Chris Johnson is worth what he thinks he's worth, and which rookies (at any position) will have the biggest impacts for their teams this season. And, of course, there's a gratuitous Cam Netwon name-check.

Oh, and there were games Thursday -- the Pats played the Bucs and the Steelers hosted the Eagles. We talk about that, too. (Down goes the Dream Team!)

Yapping starts … now (and while we have you, remember to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes).




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Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Thursday, the league declared former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft, but with the caveat that he must serve a five-game suspension should he sign with an NFL team. Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, originally backed the decision imposed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

On Friday, Pryor's lawyer, David Cornwell, appearing on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, sounded like someone who had plans to -- you guessed it -- appeal Goodell's decision.

“[Goodell] indicated that we have the right to appeal within three days after Terrelle signs an NFL contract, and given some of the developments both in reaching the decision and comments out of the [NFL Players Association] regarding the decision, I think it’s likely that we will file an appeal, and give the Players Association an opportunity to make it’s objections to this on the record,” Cornwell said, according wire reports

This assumes, of course, that Pryor will be drafted on August 22. Surely, someone in Pryor's camp must have those assurances because the timing of Cornwall's announcement could scare off potential suitors (and who knows, it still might).

The bigger issue is (and we seem to be saying this all the time) Goodell's role in all this. As CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Thursday, the league would like to discipline NFL players who run afoul of NCAA rules, and the decision to suspend Pryor for five games was Goodell's way of circumventing the current guidelines that prevent that.

"What Roger Goodell did in suspending Pryor is get the NCAA's back. The NFL and NCAA both feel that players are breaking rules on the college level thinking they can use the NFL as an escape hatch. The NFL wants to stop that mentality. What Goodell did was also send a message to the union. If you won't work with us on this, then I'll use the commissioner power to make the decisions myself."

PFT's Mike Florio echoes many of the sentiments Freeman laid out: "If the NFLPA lets this one slide, then the NFL will try in the future to take similar action when a former college player who has gotten himself in trouble with the NCAA wants to play pro football."

Not surprisingly, the players are concerned, too. "I know players are concerned about the message this sends," said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players' executive committee. "Granted, making this 'deal' was an individual decision made by a player with counsel from his agent and lawyer. They have every right to make whatever deal they want for his personal future. That being said, the general concern now is how far into Pandora's box this may go."

And that's the problem.

Next up: seeing which teams are impressed enough with Pryor's workout to draft him. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot writes that the Browns will be on hand for Pryor's Saturday pro day. Also worth mentioning: in June, the Browns were already doing their due dliigence on Pryor. We think it's safe to say that they like him. Just at what cost?

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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 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: August 8, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor sets up Pro Day for Friday

PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Since we know for sure that the NFL supplemental draft will be held Aug. 17, now we’d like to figure out if former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor actually can participate in it.

We don’t know for sure yet, but SportsXchange’s Len Pasquarelli is reporting Pryor’s acting as if he’ll be good to go, setting up a Pro Day for himself this Friday, Aug. 12, somewhere in the Pittsburgh area.

Apparently, Pryor prefers to work out on an artificial turf field, and since he’s persona non grata at Ohio State, he’ll stick to the area near his hometown in order to show himself in front of the NFL’s scouts.

If he ends up in the NFL supplemental draft, Pryor probably will be no better than a mid-round pick, though he has said he doesn’t care if he’s a first-round or a seventh-round selection.

On Monday, former Georgia RB Caleb King -- who was academically ineligible for the Bulldogs this season-- will hold his Pro Day in Athens.

H/T to the Bear Report.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:23 pm
 

NFL's supplemental draft set for Aug. 17

PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor continues to wait and wonder whether he is eligible for the NFL supplemental draft or if he’ll have to spend this season playing in Canada or the UFL, the NFL is going forward with its plans to hold the draft. It’s just that the league hasn’t announced who actually can participate.

According to CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang, the NFL has told all 32 teams that the draft will be held Aug. 17. Thing is, none of the teams were told which players were eligible (aside from Pryor, there’s also the possibility of Georgia RB Caleb King and UNC DE Michael McAdoo) or what order the teams will draft.

As we wrote a couple weeks ago, nobody seems quite sure about Pryor’s standing because of the way he left Ohio State. Normally, the supplemental draft is for those players who were ruled academically ineligible or kicked off their college team or who left the team after he graduated -- basically, it’s the whole “unforeseen changes in a player’s circumstances” deal.

Pryor could have declared for April’s draft, but instead, he decided to accept a five-game suspension for the 2011 season. But after coach Jim Tressel was fired, Pryor changed his mind and decided to leave the team.

Whether that’s enough of a reason for the NFL to allow him into the supplemental draft remains to be seen. But at least we have a drop-dead date for when we’ll find out. 

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