The NFL decided to put the supplemental draft on hold for one reason, Terrelle Pryor. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to take a more in depth look at Pryor’s case before going ahead with the draft. But to what end?
I’m not sure what people expect Goodell to do. How can he deny Pryor admission to the supplemental draft when the NFL is well known not to care about an athlete’s college transgressions. In fact, in a lot of cases, they don’t care about an NFL athletes transgressions. Why would he be denied when so many others have not. I seriously doubt that will happen.
Goodell has been going over Pryor’s case at OSU allegedly with a fine toothed comb. But statements from those surrounding Pryor like David Cornwell who said, “The NFL, like many others, was burdened by misunderstanding of the facts.” I doubt that. I am quite certain however that those around Pryor have made the facts to their liking. It’s up to Goodell to sort out the truth from the haze. I just doubt he really takes the time to do so and that even if he does it makes any difference.
Pryor’s uberagent Drew Rosenhaus said the following, “I expect him to be a first-round pick in the supplemental draft. The league needs quarterbacks. Are you kidding me, the middle round for this guy?” Seriously?! Pryor is a projected average QB at best and would be much better suited as a receiver in the NFL. Teams know this and that is why none of them are on the Pryor bandwagon. It has nothing to do with his character. NFL teams do not care about that. They only care about what you can do for them on the field, end of story.
While making Pryor wait a year would send a great message to college athletes everywhere who are violating the rules, and probably a much louder message than the punishments being handed out to the schools involved, I doubt seriously that it will happen. The NFL has never been about a college player’s character. Not for the last many years anyway. They are only concerned with what you can do on the field. End of story. Goodell cannot deny Pryor when so many others of the same questionable ethics and even worse have come right into the NFL without hindrance.
Would it be a good thing if they made Pryor wait? Probably so for a lot of reasons. Will it happen? Not a chance.