Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The NFL Supplemental Draft: Supplement or Detriment?

Terrelle Pryor still waits his turn in the Oakland offense
Hey, remember Terrelle Pryor? You know, the lanky and nimble Ohio State quarterback who could run a 4.3 in the forty, and put up an MVP performance in leading the Buckeyes to victory in the 2010 Rose Bowl over Oregon?

It seemed possible that Pryor, for all of the athletic gifts that he displayed for the screaming masses on Woody Hayes Drive, could one day be the first player selected in the draft.

Turns out, Pryor was the first player taken. But it wasn’t in the way he had hoped.

Anyone who lives and dies by ESPN’s code-red scandal coverage, as well as their stringent devotion to the top college sports programs, knows that Pryor’s time at Ohio State ended in acrimony. At the end of the 2010 season, in which he nearly captured Big Ten MVP honors, Pryor was handed a five game suspension for selling memorabilia, to be served at the start of the 2011 season.

By now, we know that Pryor didn’t make it to the 2011 season. Ohio State fell into disarray after it was discovered that ‘improper benefits’ were doled out to Buckeye players. Coach Jim Tressel resigned in disgrace.

Thirteen months ago, Pryor withdrew from Ohio State on the eve of his twenty-second birthday. Now a collegiate refugee, Pryor became eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft, to be held that August.

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