Announced yesterday (I was busy, sorry~), the NFL will allow Terrelle Pryor into the supplemental draft this weekend. However, they are sticking with the NCAA’s ruling of a 5-game suspension. Pryor will be able to work out, practice, and play in preseason games, but will be restricted to the sidelines with a clipboard for the first 5 weeks of the NFL.
He’s a great athlete and will make Cam Newton look like just a number-2 pick. However, with one-third of his rookie season under suspension, and with loads of retraining to be an elite NFL-level quarterback, is he worth drafting? Will a desperate team need to spend a first or second round pick for him?
As the supplemental draft rule goes in the NFL, teams bid using next year’s round picks. If someone bids a 2nd round pick, and wins Terrelle Pryor, they lose that pick in next April’s rookie draft. If he hadn’t been ruled eligible, Pryor would have had to wait until next April for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Pryor had his best season statistically as a junior, throwing for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also ran for 754 yards and four scores while helping the Buckeyes win the Sugar Bowl.Regarded as the nation’s top quarterback recruit coming out of high school, Pryor led Ohio State to an 8-1 record as a starter and was the Big Ten Conference’s freshman of the year. He took the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title the following season and a victory in the Rose Bowl. He was named the game’s MVP after Ohio State beat Oregon 26-17.
Shortly before the game, it was revealed that Pryor and other players traded Buckeyes memorabilia for cash and discounted tattoos. In the following months, it became clear that Tressel knew about the improper benefits in the spring of 2010 but didn’t inform his bosses, as was required under his contract and NCAA rules. Tressel was forced out of his job May 30, and Pryor left Ohio State soon after.