NFL Delays Supplemental Draft for Terrelle Pryor?

The NFL supplemental draft, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed, indefinitely.

NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Tuesday that the draft will not be held as planned, but all 32 teams were notified of the postponement and will be made aware when a new date has been set. However, Signora did not say whether former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor would be available for selection.

The decision to postpone was presumably made to give the league more time to determine whether or not Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor should be eligible and to allow he and other players time to conduct a Pro Day workout for scouts.

The other day we reported that Pryor was seeking a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell to make a case for his eligibility. Story here. Goodell was reviewing the facts of Pryor’s case, but there has been no reports on whether the meeting has actually taken place.

The eligible players so far are former Georgia running back Caleb King, former Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson, former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, former Lindenwood University defensive end Keenan Mace, and former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo.

Some players have already held workouts, including Georgia running back Caleb King. King worked out Monday in front of representatives from seven teams, including scouts from the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, according to a story today from Roger Clarkson of OnlineAthens.com.

With the postponement, Pryor may be added to the list. Should he be, he’ll most likely be the first of the prospects selected. Sources throughout the league have placed the over/under on where he’d be drafted (if allowed in) at anywhere between the 3rd and 5th round.

Terrell Pryor NFL Supplemental Draft Status in Question

Fox Sports is reporting former Ohio State Buckeye quarterback Terrell Pryor might not qualify for the NFL 2011 Supplemental Draft despite having announced plans to enter after leaving Ohio State in early June.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello emailed FOXSports.com on Sunday stating:

 “If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,”

“It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft).”

Aiello cited examples of “unforeseen” changes as players who were kicked off their college teams, declared academically ineligible or graduated and then decided to leave school. Pryor doesn’t qualify on any of those fronts.

Pryor’s status for the supplemental draft will be determined by Joel Bussert, the league’s vice president of player personnel/football operations. Aiello said such eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.

The NFL has strict rules about supplemental draft eligibility because it doesn’t want players trying to skirt the regular draft in an attempt to manipulate where they might be picked. Quarterback Bernie Kosar did just that in 1985 to land with the Cleveland Browns instead of the Minnesota Vikings.

If the supplemental draft isn’t an option, Pryor could wait to enter the 2012 NFL draft or try to play in an alternate professional organization like the Canadian Football League. Pryor has signed with an agent and is ineligible to return to Ohio State.

I definitely hope Terrell Pryor can enter in the supplemental draft; but if he is unable to enter the NFL this season, I think working on his skills with a private coach and waiting for the 2012 NFL draft would be in his best interest.

UGA RB Caleb King Ruled Ineligible, Enters NFL’s Supplemental Draft

In 2006, Caleb King was one of the top running backs in the nation, the top football player in Georgia and he was the player that UGA fans were expecting to help lead the Bulldogs to a national title.

Today, King is known as the player who stayed injured, stayed in trouble, failed to produce in the classroom and on the field, and a player that UGA fans are trying to erase from their memory.

Last Friday, UGA confirmed that King, a fifth-year senior, was ruled academically ineligible to play for the Bulldogs this fall. On Tuesday, King announced that he is entering the NFL’s supplemental draft.

For those of you who are not familiar with King here are some facts about him:

– King was a five-star prospect before breaking his leg his senior season at GreaterAtlantaChristian school inNorcross,Ga.

– He was a four-star-rated recruit when he signed with Georgia in 2007 and red shirted while playing behind former Dawg and current Denver Bronco Knowshon Moreno.

– King served as Moreno’s backup in 2008, playing in 11 games and finishing with 247 yards and a TD.

– He took over as starter in 2009, racking up 594 yards – including a career high 166 yards against Georgia Tech – and 7 touchdowns.

– In 2010, he lost the starting job to former Dawg Washaun Ealey – only playing in eight games, with five starts – finishing with 430 yards and 2 touchdowns.

-He ended his disappointing college career with 1,271 yards rushing, 126 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.

After reading the stats above I’m pretty sure you are surprised, just like I am that King has decided to try his hand in the NFL. King was one of, if not, the most inconsistent college players I’ve ever seen.

I know some people would want to blame it on the injuries he had during his career – ankle and hamstring injuries and a fractured jaw. But even when he was healthy he still didn’t produce much on the field (see 2009 stats).

And we can’t forget his disciplinary and academic suspensions and run-ins with the law. He was arrested last year for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket.

And we all know that Roger Goodell doesn’t take kindly to behavior that does not represent the “good ol’ image” of the NFL.

So unless King turned into a responsible, productive citizen and develop Barry Sander skills overnight, I really don’t see a team adding him to its roster after the lockout ends. If King is serious about being an all-pro running back then he really needs to get his act together, on and off the field.

Video: Terrelle Pryor Pre-Draft Workout With Chad @OchoCinco

OchoCinco drops the video of former Ohio State Quarterback Terrell Pryor working out with him and Antonio Brown before the upcoming NFL Supplemental draft.

Pryor will probably be selected between the 4th and 5th rounds.  By hiring Drew Rosenhaus, he will get an opportunity somewhere in the NFL.

I am curious if teams will allow him to develop as a quarterback.  From a physical standpoint, he is more talented than say Tim Tebow, but playing quarterback has so much more to do with your mental makeup and your dedication than your 40 times.

I don’t think Pryor has what it takes to be a quality NFL starting quarterback.  I hope he proves me wrong.