Declared eligble for the NFL supplemental draft now set for Monday, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was declared ineligible for the first five games of the NFL season provided he's drafted and signs an NFL contract.
This is due to Pryor's violations of NCAA rules, the league said in a memo to NFL teams. Under the NFL ruling, Pryor can participate in preseason games after signing an NFL contract.
However, he's ineligible for games until the sixth week of the NFL season. He can attend meetings during his period of ineligibility, which amounts to a suspension.
"God bless and thanks for support!" Pryor wrote on his Twitter account. "Time to have a little fun!!"
Pryor passed for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior and gained 754 yard son the ground and four touchdowns. He passed for 57 career touchdowns for the Buckeyes. Among the NFL teams expected to show interest in Pryor: the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders.
However, Pryor isn't held high regard by National, the largest scouting organization service for NFL teams.
The multi-dimensional Big Ten standout received a grade of 5.1 from National, ranking him as sixth-round to seventh-round material heading into what would have been his senior year, according to an NFL source with access to the grades.
Pryor opted to leave school amid major NCAA scrutiny for him and the Buckeyes program that led to coach Jim Tressel's resignation.
National annually grades over 1,400 draft eligible college seniors, providing information to nearly two dozsen NFL clubs for a fee of over $100,000 to compile the data.
Several teams also subscribe to BLESTO. And other teams like the Baltimore Ravens aren't associated with either well-respected scouting service. A 9.0 is the highest possible grade for a blue-chip prospect with grades ranging as low as 1.0 for a player who isn't projected to play professional football.
A 7.0 grade usually connotes a first-round draft target with 6.0 or higher denoting a player who could go in the top 75 overall selections.
NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock recently forecasted Pryor as a middle-round selection in the NFL supplemental draft.
"I would set the over/under line on the fourth round," Mayock said.
Mayock envisions Pryor as a Wildcat possibility.
"He can be a package quarterback Year 1 while you develop his skills set," Mayock said. "Is he raw? Absolutely. Does he have a lot to work on? Yes, he does. That doesn't even get into all the intangibles off the field."
At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and having won 31 of 35 starts for the Buckeyes, Pryor represents an intriguing blend of athleticism and skills.
"He's a big, talented kid, but he's been the No. 1 guy since he was about 11 years old," Mayock said. "And I think he's gonna need to take a step back and really grind hard."