Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be eligible for the NFL’s supplemental draft after all.
NCAA violations won’t stop the talented quarterback from pursuing his dreams to play in the NFL after the league ruled on Thursday that he is eligible for the supplemental draft, but must sit out the first five games of the season, something he would’ve done anyway if he was still playing for Ohio State.
After discovering the news, Pryor tweeted out: “God bless and thanks for support! Time to have a little fun!!”
He’s going to have to turn that fun into hard work rather quickly after it was announced that Pryor will hold a pro day Saturday in Pittsburgh for all 32 NFL teams, where he will have a chance to show off his arm and perform some agility drills.
He won’t be able to practice or play during the first six months of the season, according to reports.
“We are very pleased with this ruling,” said his attorney Larry James, according to The Columbus Dispatch, adding, that he doesn’t understand the five-game suspension.
The NFL informed all 32 teams of Pryor’s involvement in the supplemental draft and said, the Buckeyes quarterback, “made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft.” The NFL didn’t immediately allow Pryor to enter the supplemental draft, because the league didn’t know if he qualified–delaying the draft.
One of the most talented players in college football, and a favorite among Buckeyes fans, Pryor and four other players were suspended for the first five games of this season for trading memorabilia for discounted tattoo’s with a local tattoo parlor owner. Instead of sitting out five games in college, Pryor decided to leave school so he can take part in the supplemental draft—which is held after the NFL Draft, for eligible players who didn’t register early enough for the April draft.
Now he’ll get a chance to see how sitting out five games in the NFL feels.
–With Associated Press