NFL Network has reported that the 2011 NFL supplemental draft will be taking place this Monday.
The biggest and perhaps most controversial name to be deemed eligible for this year's draft is former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. However, due to violating NCAA rules, Pryor will be suspended for the first five games of the season if he is picked up by an NFL team.
The decision to maintain the suspension is because he had already accepted the ruling before entering the supplemental draft. While Pryor will be able participate in all NFL activities of the team who takes a chance on him, he cannot play for the first five games.
The NFL decided it had to hold Pryor accountable to the NCAA rulings as part of creating a fair situation for all supplemental draftees.
This is a precedent-setting decision by the NFL.
The statement they hope to make is that if a player violates NCAA rules and is given a ruling that they agreed to, they cannot then decide to join the NFL draft as a way to dodge having to serve their suspensions or other rulings.
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