Posted by Tom Fornelli
While just about all football fans are sitting around waiting for the NFL to end its lockout -- the one that is real close to ending now -- former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor may be paying closer attention to the situation than the average fan.
Pryor, who left Ohio State in June, is hoping to enter the NFL through the league's supplemental draft, but it turns out that he may not be able to. At least, not this year.
The NFL hasn't announced a date yet for the supplemental draft thanks to the lockout, and it's possible that there may not even be one in 2011. Making matters worse for Pryor, it could turn out that even if there is a supplemental draft, Pryor may not be eligible for it.
“If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told FOXSports.com. “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).”
Aiello specified those "unforeseen" events to be a player who was kicked off their college team, was declared academically ineligible or graduated and decided to leave school. Pryor is none of those three things as he decided to leave Ohio State on his own after Jim Tressel was forced to resign as coach.
Which means that it's entirely possible Pryor won't be eligible for the supplemental draft if there is one, and he's going to take an entire year off from football before he can pursue a NFL career. Which isn't a good situation to be in for a quarterback whose ability to play quarterback in the NFL is already a question mark to many scouts.