COLUMBUS, Ohio - Just days before the NFL's supplemental draft, Terrelle Pryor is still not eligible.
The league has informed its 32 teams that the supplemental draft is set for Wednesday, but the former Ohio State quarterback is not on an approved list—at least so far—that includes several other players.
Pryor's lawyer David Cornwell said he is confident the former Buckeye will be allowed in the draft once the NFL gets all of the information regarding his departure from Ohio State.
“We have been in discussions with the Commissioner's office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns," Cornwell wrote to ESPN in an email on Sunday. "I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday's supplemental draft."
Pryor reportedly wants to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to state his case for eligibility.
An NFL official with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press that four players have been declared eligible. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has said an official announcement on the draft will not be made until after it takes place.
The eligible players are former Georgia running back Caleb King, former Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson, former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones and former Lindenwood University defensive end Keenan Mace(notes). The league could still expand the list before the draft.
The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance to enter the NFL.
Pryor’s agent Drew Rosenhaus wrote on his Twitter last Tuesday that the NFL told him “no decision has been made yet Terrelle’s eligibility for the supplemental draft.”
A star with the Buckeyes for three years, Pryor and several teammates were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for receiving improper benefits from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner. The quarterback subsequently left school, hoping he’d be eligible for the supplemental draft.
If the NFL says Pryor is not eligible, he would have to wait until next April for the 2012 draft.
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