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By PFW staff

The NFL announced Thursday morning that the supplemental draft will take place Monday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. ET and former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor will be eligible.

Pryor, however, is suspended for the first five games of the season.

"NFL clubs were informed that Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA Rules," the NFL said in a statement.

Pryor had been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 college football season before deciding to leave school for receiving improper benefits.

"In his decision allowing Pryor to enter the supplemental draft, commissioner Roger Goodell determined that Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs. Pryor may be selected in the supplemental draft, negotiate and sign a contract with an NFL club, and fully participate in the remainder of the preseason," the statement read.

Pryor can be at his team's facility and attend meetings during the five-game suspension, but he can't practice on the field, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

In three seasons with the Buckeyes, Pryor threw 57 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions. He also rushed for 17 TDs.

The supplemental draft is reserved for players that were dismissed by their college team or declared academically ineligible. Players who graduated early and decided to leave school also can enter the supplemental draft. Pryor did not fit these categories, as he left Ohio State on his own accord before being declared ineligible for the entire 2011 season.

The other players that are eligible for the supplemental draft include Georgia RB Caleb King, Northern Illinois S Tracy Wilson, Lindenwood (Mo.) DE Keenan Mace, Western Carolina DB Torez Jones and North Carolina DE Mike McAdoo.

The supplemental draft was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, but was postponed as the league continued to determine Pryor's eligibility.

The way we see it

Pryor and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, maintain he can be a quarterback in the NFL, but there are doubts if he can play the position at the next level, with some projecting Pryor as a wide receiver or tight end because of his size and athleticism.

He is likely to warrant no higher than a fourth-round pick, especially now that a team knows Pryor cannot practice or play for the first five games.

The NFL is setting quite a precedent with this ruling by upholding an NCAA suspension, likely in an attempt to deter players from using Pryor's strategy.

With training camps wrapping up and the preseason under way, it will be interesting to see which team takes a flier on Pryor and decides to spend a draft pick to develop him on its roster.

 

The digital edition of Pro Football Weekly's 2011 NFL preview magazine is now available in The PFW Store. This product was completed after the lockout ended and free-agent signings and player trades are reflected in the 32 team previews.

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