Supplemental Draft Postponed, Pryor Still on Hold

The NFL supplemental draft, originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, has been postponed indefinitely, according to reports from ESPN.  The biggest name affected this year is Terrelle Pryor from Ohio State, who is still awaiting word from the NFL on whether he will be eligible.

The supplemental draft is held each year for players who either miss the filing deadline for the regular NFL Draft, or who have other eligibility issues coming out of college.  The supplemental draft is the only opportunity for the former Buckeye to get picked up by an NFL team this season.  Pryor decided to forgo his senior year in June.

Terrelle Pryor

Pryor announced his departure from Ohio State shortly after head coach Jim Tressel did the same. Tressel, who was under a self-imposed five game suspension beginning the 2011 season, left under a cloud of NCAA investigations. Pryor was facing the same fate of suspension for selling his Big Ten championship ring and other memorabilia along with four other Buckeyes players.

The question remains as to whether or not the retirement of Tressel qualifies as an unforeseen change in circumstances. Aiello provided examples of unforeseen changes including players who were kicked off their college teams, declared academically ineligible or graduated and then decided to leave school.

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