It was announced early on Thursday that six Ohio State football players will face suspension and fines due to NCAA violations.
Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Dan Herron, Mike Adams, and Solomon Thomas will all be suspended for the first five games of 2011. Jordan Whiting is just suspended for the season opener.
The six players sold various sports items, including Big 10 Championship rings and Gold Pants, which were given to them by Ohio State; that violates NCAA policy.
With these recent developments, will big name NFL prospects Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey choose to enter the draft a year early to avoid serving the suspension?
Five games is half a season. Pryor can kiss his Heisman dreams good-bye and Posey's All-American hopes would be as good as gone.
If Posey entered the draft, he will most likely be selected in the second round—at worst, the third. With a big chunk of his 2011 season gone, he won't be able to improve his draft stock much, if at all.
Most experts believed Pryor wouldn't enter the draft early and didn't even try to predict where he would end up. The few projections that are out there have him as a late first, early second round selection.
Tim Tebow was selected in the first round on potential and Pryor's measurables far exceed Tebow's.
Like Posey, Pryor most likely won't be able to boost his draft stock by playing half a season.
When the underclassman deadline comes around January 15th, expect Pryor and Posey's to enter the NFL Draft.
There aren't many positives for these two if they decide to return to Ohio State next year. What's most important now is their respective careers in professional football.
If they enter the draft, not only do they dodge their suspensions, they get the money to pay off their fines.
The only thing that will cause either player to hesitate is that they've still never won a national championship at Ohio State.
Pryor came to OSU with insane expectations as the number one recruit in the country.
In Ohio State's first five games of 2011, they'll face off against Michigan State and play at Miami. They won't be able to come away with a victory against either team without the talented players who will not be in those games.
By the time Pryor and Posey return, their title hopes will be gon, and that's why they'll be gone by the 15th of next month.