2011 NFL Draft

NFL Needs to Rule Terrelle Pryor Eligible for Supplemental Draft

JEANNETTE, PA - AUGUST 12:  Terrelle Pryor works out at a practice facility on August 12, 2011 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Adam SpencerCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2011

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor still doesn't know whether he'll be eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft on Wednesday.

The former Buckeyes star left his college team amid several accusations of illegal benefits and wrongdoing.

Pryor was initially ruled ineligible for the draft by the NFL, but he wants to try to change NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's mind.

CBS Sports explains Pryor's next course of action and what the NFL could do:

Terrelle Pryor still doesn’t know whether he’s eligible for the NFL supplemental draft, but according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing the facts of the case and could (emphasis on COULD) decide to delay the draft temporarily.

For now, the draft is scheduled for Wednesday and has not been moved, but Pryor also is seeking a meeting with Goodell so he can plead his case in person.

The NFL needs to allow Pryor to enter this year's supplemental draft.

What does it matter how much Pryor screwed up in college? If the NFL and NCAA are separate institutions, the rules violation in college shouldn't keep Pryor from entering the NFL.

This isn't like the Maurice Clarett situation, where Clarett wanted to enter the NFL a year early.

Pryor just finished his junior year at Ohio State and therefore would have been eligible for the regular NFL draft had he chosen to enter it.

I understand the supplemental draft is for players who have had their circumstances changed since April's draft. For example, if someone has been ruled academically ineligible then he can enter the supplemental draft.

So, I don't understand why Pryor doesn't fall into that category. His circumstances have certainly changed since April.

Pryor wanted to leave to avoid facing an even longer suspension. How is that any different than being academically ineligible? Neither situation allows them to play in the NCAA, so they are pretty similar in that regard.

In April, he was planning on returning for his senior season, serving his four-game suspension, and moving on.

Then a whole new set of allegations of wrongdoings at Ohio State surfaced, and Pryor decided it would be better for everyone if he just called it quits on his college career.

Since his circumstances have certainly changed since April, Pryor deserves a shot at the NFL. He deserves to be in the supplemental draft on Wednesday.

If no one drafts him, that's his problem. But he at least deserves the chance.

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