Time is running short with the NFL’s supplemental draft only two days away and former Ohio State University quarterback Terrelle Pryor is still seeking to be declared eligible.
“We have been in discussions with the Commissioner's office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns,” David Cornwell, one of Pryor’s lawyers, told Pro Football Talk. “I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday's supplemental draft.”
Although Pryor still hopes to plead his case with Commissioner Roger Goodell, the matter of his eligibility for Wednesday’s draft is not so easy to determine. The rule leaves plenty of room for interpretation: “To be eligible for a supplemental draft, a player's petition for special eligibility must be approved by the League office and his name promulgated to clubs.”
Eligibility is determined on a “rolling basis” and Pryor remains under consideration, according to NFL.com. The league typically considers whatever may have changed for a player since the April draft in determining supplemental eligibility. For Pryor, his circumstances changed in June, when he decided to leave school as reports that he accepted improper benefits swirled. He was declared ineligible for the first five games of the college season but could have returned to the Buckeyes after that.