New York, NY – The NFL has rescheduled its supplemental draft for Monday and also made former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor eligible to be selected.
The supplemental draft, held for players who missed the filing deadline for the regular draft or who have college eligibility issues, was originally slated for this past Wednesday. It was postponed, in part, to allow the NFL more time to reconsider Pryor's status.
Pryor left Ohio State in June in the wake of head coach Jim Tressel's resignation, having been at the center of the scandal that forced Tressel out. He received improper benefits for selling awards and other memorabilia in 2009 and would have been forced to sit out the first five games of the 2011 season as punishment from the NCAA.
After declining an offer to play in the CFL, Pryor signed with high-powered agent Drew Rosenhaus in an effort to become eligible for the supplemental draft.
The NFL eventually made Pryor eligible for the draft, but ruled that he cannot play or practice for any team that signs him for the first five games of the 2011 season. He can practice and participate in preseason games.
According to the league, Pryor "made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules."
In addition to Pryor, five other players will be eligible for the draft. Georgia running back Caleb King heads that list and is joined by North Carolina defensive end Mike McAdoo, Northern Illinois defensive back Tracy Wilson, Western Carolina defensive back Torez Jones and Lindenwood defensive end Keenan Mace.
The supplemental draft is similar to the regular draft, as each team has a pick in a certain round. If a team selects a player in any round, that team forfeits its pick in that particular round of next April's draft.