The supplemental draft was supposed to be the golden parachute, if you will, for Terrelle Pryor. He could just leave Ohio State, get away from the scandal, and go in the supplemental draft. We even had debates about how high he would go in the supplemental draft. Remember, teams gives up a regular draft picks to use picks in the supplemental draft. We had this all figured out.
Well, it appears that Pryor does not qualify for the supplemental draft. Greg Aiello spoke for the league in an e-mail saying that:
“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).”
And there’s the rub. Was Terrelle’s exit from Ohio State unexpected? I don’t know. Let’s look at this.
He had agreed to stay at OSU and pay his penalty next season. However, no one expected (there’s that word) that Jim Tressel was like a one-man-non-compliance-crew. So, he had to resign, unexpectedly, and then Terrelle was back in the middle of a scandal. He left to save the university face (and himself too), but I don’t know if he was trying to get around the regular draft.
I can understand why he might want to do that, but I don’t think he actually considered that.
When Greg Aiello talks about getting around the regular draft, you have to realize that he too is putting into the situation his own thoughts and feelings on the matter. The way to skip the draft is NOT to get deeper embroiled in a scandal that you have to leave school.
I can’t believe I’m defending Pryor, but, I am. He had unforeseen circumstances come upon him–and now he wants in the supplemental draft. That’s just one fellow’s opinon.