New York, NY – Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was taken by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the supplemental draft on Monday.
Taken as the 18th pick of the third round, Pryor will be forced to sit the first five games of the regular season due to the scandal at Ohio State that forced head coach Jim Tressel to resign.
Pryor left Ohio State in June as 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. 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.
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.
Oakland will now forfeit a third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.